My road in life has taken me all over.
Had a passion for wildlife so I went on a study abroad to Kenya, where I met a Peace Corps volunteer.
I graduated with a biology degree and did 2 internships - in a zoo and wildlife rehab center.
I applied to Peace Corps and got sent to Niger, W. Africa to work in environmental education.
In Niger, became more interested in human / wildlife interactions, so decided to go to grad school.
Got the opportunity to study pygmy hippos in Sierra Leone, spent 2 years there.
Wrote a 209 page dissertation, defended, consequently got sick of academia.
Applied to ~80 jobs, then got an interview with Peace Corps.
Got the Peace Corps Dallas recruiter job, so travelled to Dallas.
Keep following my journey


Regional Recruiter

I am a regional recruiter for Peace Corps.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Helping People

Day to Day

Sometimes I go out to Universities and speak in classes and at career fairs about my experience in West Africa. Other times I am assessing applicants, interviewing them, and then nominating them for a program that fits their needs and the needs of the countries we serve. Much of my time is spent answering applicant questions about life as a volunteer.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you want to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, you should start to apply during your senior year. Most Peace Corps Recruiters have been Volunteers so it's a good place to start. Peace Corps pays a decent wage, has wonderful benefits, and a great positive work environment. Seniors should find a local recruiter to discuss their options and be ready for an adventure!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"People said I should stay in academia because I have a PhD - become a scientist, professor, and use my PhD."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student