I was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have two siblings, one brother (with me in the above photo) and one sister. I attended a Spanish immersion elementary school where I became bilingual in Spanish and English. I’ve loved the outdoors all my life; my parents taught me to ski starting when I was two years old, and I also love canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and trail running.

In high school I was a nordic skier, and in the summer I went on wilderness canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, the Albany River wilderness in northern Ontario, and Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. My experiences in the wilderness growing up shaped who I am and inspired my love for the Earth and geology.

I attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT for my undergraduate degree, where I joined the club Equestrian Team. With the team I had the opportunity to compete in IHSA Hunt Seat Equitation shows. I was captain of the team my senior year and enjoyed both competing and teaching beginner lessons.

I enjoy exploring the mountains and trails around me. I love snow and in the winter I hit the slopes as often as I can. In graduate school I was a volunteer ski patroller at Big Bear Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains. Since moving to Colorado I have resumed horseback riding, which is a long-time love of mine. In November 2020 I got my first horse, a 2017 Off-Track Thoroughbred mare. Registered with the Jockey Club as Diamonata, I named her “Pele” after the Hawai’ian goddess of volcanoes, fire, and new beginnings. Pele had eight starts as a three year-old, but just wasn’t fast enough, so she retired from racing in September 2020. I am retraining Pele for her new career with me in dressage and show jumping.

Pele on a beautiful evening in May 2021

I currently live in Boulder, CO with my boyfriend Peter and our two cats, Lumi and Nova.

In the handles at Snow Summit, Big Bear Mountain Resort, 2019