I’m especially passionate about helping people creatively and collaboratively hone their ability to reason logically (and civilly!) through high stakes decisions intersecting with ethics, compliance, standards, and values.
Additionally, I have 10+ years experience in hospitality / tourism / food services, where I first learned how to deliver exemplary customer service and facilitate effective co-worker / customer education.
I’m originally from Washington state; I’ve also lived in Illinois and Florida. In November ’14 I moved to Columbus, Ohio. I really like Columbus; it’s highly walkable in the center, full of historical brick buildings, offers tons of restaurants, bars, cafes, parks, and other nooks and crannies, and there’s a quite welcoming and active startup / entrepreneur community in town and in many surrounding communities.
Compliance Training Specialist (Jan ’13 – Nov ’14). Developed, facilitated, and project managed compliance training, resources and processes. First at PSS World Medical, then with McKesson Medical Surgical, who acquired PSS in early ’13.
Philosophy Workshops Founder (’11 – ’14). Founded, organized, and facilitated public philosophy workshops that help people creatively and collaboratively hone their ability to reason logically and civilly through high stakes issues and decisions.
Philosophy Instructor, Professional Development Instructor, Course Consultant (’07 – ’13). Adjunct instructor for Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), Jacksonville University (JU), and the University of North Florida (UNF), and online for several schools outside Jacksonville: Franklin University, Ashford University. Also served as a professional development and continuing education instructor for FSCJ.
Grad Student (’05 – ’07). Graduate student at University of North Florida (UNF), in the Philosophy department. Graduate Fellow with the UNF Ethics Center, two years in a row. Earned an M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics. My graduate research considered intersections between hospitality / tourism and applied ethics.
Hospitality, Retail (’00 – ’02). Worked at a Haitian restaurant, a bookstore, an acoustic music cafe, as an artists’ model, and more.
Undergraduate (’02 – ’05). Attended Florida International University (FIU). I encountered my first philosophy class at FIU; it was love at first sight. All my life I’d been told I “think too much”; in philosophy that’s an asset! Completed a B.A. in Humanities, a Philosophy minor, and a Leisure Services Management minor.
Europe & North Africa
Extended Travel (Sept ’99 – March ’00). Backpacked solo for 6 months. Crashed on couches, stayed in youth hostels. See Experience(s) for some pictures.
Spokane, Seattle, Chicago
Hospitality, Student, Urban Explorer (’90 – ’99). Took courses for personal enrichment at community colleges in Spokane, Seattle, Chicago. Worked in hospitality and tourism, and as an artists’ model. Made and sold art and crocheted hats. Experimented with singing and songwriting; played acoustic open mics.