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 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

My educational background is diverse and like many of us, it only represents some of what I have learned and experienced in my life. And yet, I treasure it. These diplomas represent trajectories, directions in my path that opened doors.



Meadville Lombard Theological School
Chicago, IL
Master of Divinity

At Meadville-Lombard Theological School I was able to fully engage my heart and mind at the same time. My education there included the practical and the profound: topics ranged from the exploration of the deep human need for meaning making to the details of church administration. I wanted it to be transformative and it was.


isuIowa State University
Ames, IA
Ph.D.: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Department: Botany

From my experience at Iowa State University I learned that where life takes us is not always where we expect. I expected to become a genetic engineer.  Instead I learned to trust my inner, ethical voice and to say yes to opportunities that I had only just begun to imagine. This openness ultimately gave me both my farm and my experience as a community college teacher. It was my experience with students that taught me how deeply I cared and how sometimes just a listening ear or some gentle guidance can make all the difference. Honestly, it opened the doors to ministry for me. 


umdUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN
Major: B.A. Biology
Minor: English Literature

From the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where I earned my undergraduate in biology, I learned that I was capable. I also learned to appreciate the intricacy of the natural world and grow my understanding of our part in it. 

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