I was born in Portland and raised between the Willamette Valley and Mexico. In Mexico I lived in Michoacan and Guerrero as I went through Kindergarten and half of 2nd grade. I used to live in Woodburn for 8 years before moving to the outskirts of Salem. I graduated from McNary HS and then Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources. Afterwards I got internships/seasonal jobs with US Fish Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management. After working with the federal agencies, I got jobs as a Teen Program coordinator for Boys and Girls Club, a Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Summer camp teacher, Enrichment Academy Site Coordinator for Salem Keizer Education Foundation and now I’m here with BBBS.
I’ve always loved the outdoors and during my internships I discovered that I enjoyed sharing my love for the outdoors with the public which eventually got narrowed down to youth. I had a lot of fun working with kids over the past 5-6 years and I started to pursue positions that allowed me to interact with them in a fun way, but also serve as a “mentor” myself. It’s always great to hear that kids want to grow up and be ‘just like you’ or they ‘want your job’. To this day I like to believe that the advice I gave those children during our brief time together has helped them become good individuals.