I was born and raised in Tiverton, Rhode Island. In 1995, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with my degree in nursing. I started working in mental health right after graduation. I had the opportunity to work for several acute care mental health facilities before returning to school for my master’s degree. My clinical specialty was child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with my MSN in Nursing Administration. At that time, I was practicing as a nurse manager for three child and adolescent inpatient units. In 2009, my family moved to NV. After years of working in clinical and administrative roles, I began teaching full time. Teaching became a passion. I am always grateful for the opportunity to work with students. I truly enjoy being a part of their journey through nursing school.