I grew up in Indiana, completed my BS in chemistry at Purdue University in 1997 and my MS in analytical chemistry at Indiana University in 1999. I worked for a year in an analytical laboratory on a naval base, before moving with my husband to Grand Rapids, MI in 2000. I began teaching chemistry as an adjunct at GVSU and Calvin College part time. In 2003 I started teaching full time at GVSU as visiting faculty and in 2006 I was converted to affiliate faculty. From 2010 to 2012 I participated in the Target Inquiry program at GVSU. I have taught general education chemistry at GVSU, and I currently alternate between analytical chemistry and general chemistry.