Have you ever stood in front of a crowd and couldn’t figure out what to say? Or looked at a blank page or screen but the words wouldn’t come? Luckily, these kinds of experience have been few and far between for me. Words have always come easily, both verbally in presentations and in all forms of the written word.
My Air Force years... After graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English, I commissioned as a logistics readiness officer (LRO), and headed to Charleston, South Carolina for my first assignment. LRO’s are known as jacks of all trades, and that was definitely the case for me. I had six jobs in my four years! As a junior officer, I was also tasked with numerous side projects like coordinating our entire base’s United Way volunteer day, or cradle to grave planning of a 350 person sell-out awards ceremony. I learned to decipher critical information and present it clearly and concisely for weekly and monthly operations updates, and grew as a leader of my Airmen.
Following Charleston, I wanted to give back to my community, so I applied to the ROTC instructor community and was accepted to teach at the University of Hawaii; off to Oahu I went! Teaching weekly helped me to really hone my presentation skills and attention to detail. I ran our biannual headquarters inspection- we were one of only two detachments in the country awarded the highest rating. I finished in the Air Force at the end of 2014, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee with my now husband.
Life after the military... Nike has the largest distribution center in North America right outside Memphis, so I took my operations experience there in a supply management position. Although I excelled there, it helped solidify for me that I wanted to move into the world of communications. Shortly thereafter, we found out that my husband, who is still in the Navy, had been selected for promotion and that we would be relocating to Washington, D.C. I was accepted into the Communication, Culture, and Technology Master's of Arts program at Georgetown University, where I'm currently studying strategy and messaging. Finally, on a more personal note, some trivia about me. In my spare time, I love sports (playing and watching), being outdoors, and reading. My favorite room in our house is the kitchen- for me, breaking bread with family and friends is essential and I love cooking to facilitate those times around the table. I married the best man I’ve ever met, and we are living in our own “fixer upper” in Old Town Alexandria with our two cats, Savannah and Tiny Cat.