I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and currently live with my boyfriend in De Pere, WI. I have been following DYAC since 2012 and became actively involved after the 2013 convention in Minnesota. I sheepishly admit that I’ve only officially joined Dignity in August 2015. I’m employed at the Brown County Library as an IT Librarian and am also pursuing a Masters in Liberal Studies. I sing in two choirs and am on the cantor rotation at my Catholic parish. I’ve also recently joined the facilitator rotation for the local lay-led MCC Church. Aside from these two examples of leadership, I took a class on Servant Leadership in the fall of 2014 as part of my Masters program. I’m excited at the opportunity to take my participation in DYAC to the next level.
I have been a member of Dignity USA since joining Dignity/Washington in 2011 and attending our conventions in Minneapolis (2013) and Seattle (2015). I have been a member of DYAC since our retreats in Newark (2012) and DC (2014). Over 4 years at D/W I wore many hats: Secretary of the Board, Executive C ommittee member, Liturgy Committee member, PR Committee member, Young Adult Group liaison, acolyte, Eucharistic minister, and lector. My volunteering in these capacities at D/W multiplied our young adult presence and deepened young adult members’ investment in a community made vibrant again. This fall, I am starting a PhD in Clinical Psychology in northern California and I hope to research the effect of religion on LGBT mental health. I hope to bring some of my academic interests and my chapter-growing skills and ideas to DYAC leadership.