I grew up in Utah in the winters and Quebec, Canada in the summers. Every spring my parents, with their five daughters, drove to the Kipawa River Lodge, a vacation spot that my parents own for fishermen, kayakers, and families. I spent my childhood summers swimming in Lake Temiskaming, reading books, building forts in the forest, and playing cards with my sisters. It was the dreamiest childhood imaginable. My dad wrote a book about the lodge. It’s a fun read.
I studied English Language and editing at BYU for my undergraduate degree. Family trips to San Blas, Mexico over Christmas vacations during my childhood spurred my interest in international non-profit and I subsequently received my MPA from BYU.