I grew up an only child in a small town in North Idaho. Fortunately my family hosted exchange students from many different countries for years until I graduated. We would attend exchange student retreats where youth from around the world created their own imaginary countries and the focus would wrap up on a profound phrase that has resonated with me ever since: “We are all different, but we are all the same.” That pivotal time in my upbringing has taught me to appreciate and celebrate all cultures and all people.
In 2007 I started working for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and enjoyed a 12-year career in business operations and hospitality. The combination of working to protect tribal sovereignty while supporting the Spokane schools and surrounding community has led me to where I am today.
Growing up is complicated; probably more so now than it ever has been. I am honored to have joined TeamChild in supporting the youth in our community and undoing institutionalized racism.