I was born in Minnesota and have spent my life as a rolling stone, living in Oregon, Minnesota, Spain, Italy, Iowa, Washington, and Illinois. I received my MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University, and my BA in Graphic Design from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, with a Minor in Media Communications. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Illinois Springfield and have previously held positions at Whitworth University and Iowa State University. I teach courses in Graphic Design and Digital Media, including introductory technology, print, typography, web, animation, digital photography, and film photography. In addition to teaching, I am is a freelance graphic designer, a member of DEMO Project, an artist-run contemporary and alternative project gallery in Springfield, IL, and a Board Member at the Springfield Art Association.