I acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, specifically the Duwamish, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, and Muckleshoot People. I acknowledge this both out of sincere respect for our living earth and its traditional stewards and also because I understand the practice of land acknowledgement to be an important step toward a more just society. I also make this acknowledgement because I understand it to be a traditional sign of respect for many Native communities, going back centuries. I believe truly doing a land acknowledgement with integrity demands more than only words. It involves learning history, building relationships, and deep sincerity. I continue to make efforts in those areas.

I acknowledge the contemporary and historical unpaid and unseen labor on which the economic, historical, political, and social foundations of my life are unfortunately based. I acknowledge and grieve the immense history of violence that has made this possible. I acknowledge the responsibility to change things that this reality creates for me and our world. And I acknowledge and honor the beautiful souls, immeasurable resilience, and horrific loss of those who bear the immense weight of the machine.

I also acknowledge the great mentors and teachers I’ve had in my life who have made and continue to make my work possible. This includes my incredible partner Emily, parents and grandparents, cousins and siblings, aunts and uncles, every teacher and mentor throughout my education, and my ancestors who guide me in my work and life. It also includes the faculty and my colleagues at the Processwork Institute of Portland, Oregon; my many friends and colleagues throughout Washington State public schools and the Washington Education Association; and the dedicated educators and organizers who worked to produce the Coalition of Essential Schools, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing, The Circle Works, the Equity Institute, the Equity in Education Coalition, the Education for Liberation Network, and Teachers 4 Social Justice.

“Agreement has rarely been the mandate for people who love each other.”

~ Pádraig Ó Tuama

My Why

From a young age, I remember feeling like something was profoundly wrong in the world. I was confused as to why things were the way they were.

Why do people treat each other badly? Why don’t we respect our youth, our elders, and nature more? Why does it feel like such a struggle to appreciate and connect with ourselves and each other?

Just what has happened here?

I experience a painful and beautiful longing for answers to these questions.

This longing has led me to a profound respect for liberation work. 

It has motivated me in my roles as a friend, partner, educator, facilitator, writer, and activist.

And it has taught me about one of my most important gifts: holding space for people to experience enough safety to connect from a more vulnerable and authentic space in themselves.

This is just a little bit about my why for this work.

I know a different world is possible, and I want to join you in working toward it.

“Deep Democracy is our sense that the world is here to help us to become our entire selves, and that we are here to help the world become whole.” ~ Arnold Mindell

More About Me

I’m a fourth-generation white American. My ancestors immigrated to the United States in a wave of European immigration in the late nineteenth century. As best my family can tell, they came from France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Mongolia, and Russia.

I was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and I have lived and worked in various other parts of the United States, including Western Washington, East Tennessee, New York City, and Washinton DC.

For fourteen years, I worked in public high schools across the United States, earning my National Board teaching certificate in 2014. For most of that time, I participated heavily in grassroots activism and served as a union organizer of schools and communities around social justice issues.

I’ve been teaching and facilitating conversations with youth and adults about systems of oppression and their history for nearly twenty years in schools, in community, and at conferences - including the Network for Public Education Conference, the Step Up Conference of Snohomish County, the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference; the Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference; the Decolonizing Education Conference, and the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum.

In 2019, I decided to take a break from high school teaching because I knew I was going through a mid-life unraveling that needed more space to unfold. As a teacher, I had been involved in multiple systemic change efforts throughout my career, but I noticed that they often fell apart due to challenging human dynamics that went unresolved. Conflict sometimes tore communities and organizations apart, and I lost meaningful relationships. I started to see more clearly how necessary personal transformation is for those of us deeply involved in efforts toward systems transformation.

The summer after leaving teaching, I was attending an Undoing Racism workshop by The People’s Institute when I had a conversation that changed my life. I was taking a coffee break and talking to a fellow participant about the power of the People’s Institute training when I asked her who she thought was doing next-level oppression awareness work. That’s when she told me about the Processwork Institute. Two years later, I began their master’s training program.

For the past four years, partly through the study of Processwork, I’ve been heavily engaged in my own personal transformation work alongside the study and practice of integrating personal change with systems change.

Most recently, I’ve worked as a counselor at River’s Way Community Clinic of Portland, OR, and I recently graduated with a master’s degree in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (otherwise known as Process-Oriented Psychology or simply Processwork) from the Processwork Institute of Portland, OR. Prior to Processwork, I earned a master’s in social studies education and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I also have a background in personal fitness training, bodywork, and nutrition.

In addition to Processwork, my facilitation style is strongly influenced by the principles of Structural Integration, Nonviolent Communication, Circle Work, and various schools of critical theory.


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“Instead of viewing the world through a thick lens - that is, as analysts of social problems - we must view it as a mirror of ourselves. This involves the practice of self-reflection and exploration of who we are as individuals and how we contribute to the world we wish to create.” ~ Shawn Ginwright

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