My road in life took a while to figure out.
She was born in Seoul, South Korea to an unmarried mother—this was a big taboo in Korean culture, so her mother gave her up for adoption.
Was in foster care in South Korea for a year before she was adopted by an American family—moved to Pennsylvania and grew up in the Pocono Mountains.
Started working for the National Park Service in high school as a volunteer—two years later, they hired her as part of a student employment program and she worked for them all through college.
After graduating from college, she admits she struggled with the idea of starting her career and being on her own because she didn’t really know what she wanted to do.
The National Park Service ended up offering her a full-time position in Maryland, so she accepted—she’s been working for them for the last 15 years.
She has worked in a variety of positions within the Park Service, but she really found her passion while working as a public information officer during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
After working on the East Coast in a “cubicle farm” as a management assistant, she was ready for a change; when an opportunity to transfer to Grand Canyon National Park opened up, she grabbed it.
She now works as the public affairs officer and acts as public spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon; says, “It’s the job I never knew I always wanted.”