A native of the Great Plains, I have lived in Lewiston since late 1984. My background as a local community and educational activist informs much of what I do for and at the College. In addition to serving as Associate Dean for Community Relations and LearningWorks at USM LAC, I chair the regional education initiative, College for ME – Androscoggin, the goal of which is to double degree attainment in Androscoggin County.
I also teach courses in SBS on childhood, family, deviance and social control, place, and consumption. My research focuses upon family consumption practices, and I have published on the family dynamics of both grocery shopping and toy consumption (the latter winning a prize from the International Toy Research Association and British Toy and Hobby Association). Other interests include walking our chocolate Lab, travel, reading, and printmaking.