I love to explore new places, food, and cultures. I’m originally from Pittsburgh – but I’ve worked, taught, and/or lived on four continents. (Pictures from some of my favorite sites and visits are below.) I’ve formed lifelong friendships that have redefined family.

I lived in Bratislava, Slovakia as a college student and stayed to work and teach. Much of my family is from Medzilaborce (Slovakia) – Andy Warhol’s ancestral home and site of the only other Warhol museum in the world. (Pittsburgh is home to the Andy Warhol Museum.)

I’ve become a hot yoga devotee – at first shocked by the 104 degree room but now it is a welcome sanctuary.

I care deeply about community, education, and inclusion. I served on the board of the Pittsburgh Intercultural House for 10 years (a project of the Gertrude Stein Family Foundation). This experience changed my life and shaped my dedication to diversity and inclusion.

Working with my students and staying connected to them on their journeys through graduate school, careers, and life is a joy.