I grew up in Shelton, WA. I love the smell of the rain and the beauty of the mountains. Even after I joined the military I knew that I would always consider WA and OR my home. I served in the Army from 2000 to 2004 and I am an OIF Veteran. Even though I left the military after only four years of service, I am proud to have served my country. For a short time, I was part of something bigger than myself and I will be forever grateful and honored to have survived the experience. Shortly after my honorable discharge from the Army, I used my GI Bill to complete a two-year automotive program where I received my A.A.S. degree in automotive technology. Five years later, I decided I wanted to return to school to earn my bachelor’s degree in engineering. Needless to say, after a lot of trial and error and learning more about myself I realized that the field of environmental science is where I belong. This degree not only brings me closer to nature but also allows me to help conserve, preserve, protect, and restore the environment in a way that benefits both the ecosystem and the local community.
This is what is so exciting about the VetsWork AmeriCorps internship with Mt. Adams Institute. I get to work in, with, and for nature, and continue my environmental education while giving back to my community. On top of it all, I will have the added bonus of being surrounded by people who share the same enthusiasm and aspirations about the environment as I do. I know this will be an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to get to work!