I was raised in NYC, but after almost two decades of living in North Florida I consider myself an Alachua County resident (ACR) and Southern Yankee. I have two degrees, a B.A. and M.A. from University of Florida. Although, my academic training is in social history, one life goal is another graduate degree, a PhD focused on issues of urban design/planning/community development.
Other than working, I have spent my time volunteering on local government advisory boards; serving as both chair of the CRA’s Eastside Redevelopment Advisory Board, member of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee and past chair/member of the Alachua County Recreation and Open Spaces Advisory Board. Or participating in urban agriculture organizations like Porters Farm and Grow Gainesville.
Since moving to Denver I have joined the Congress Park Neighbors RNO and as a member of the CPNGT (Congress Park Neighbors Green Team) helped hold the first (2016) annual Earth Day event at Capitol Heights Presbyterian. The team also put together a successful 2016 application for, the City of Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. Finally, instigated by me the CPNGT organized a WALKscope Data Challenge! team, and led two WALKscope data collection events/walks.
The initial inspiration for my interest in all things architectural and urban, was developed through friendships, with students in UF’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. This interest has been further developed through my involvement with Archinect, first as member and then contributor/editor. In these roles I have contributed original content with weekly Editor’s Picks, interviews/features and encouraged other’s writing in occasional Op-Ed series. Through all these efforts I seek to contribute to the larger architectural-urban discussion.
An ex-liberal arts student now in the healthcare informatics, I am a friend of architects and lover of design. My interests include: sustainability/ecology, urban(isms), learning/teaching, religion(s) and technology.
Also, I am by birth a Canuck… But not by location