What’s your job?
I am a technical information specialist for the United States Geological Survey’s Idaho Water Science Center. The USGS is the premier Federal earth science agency, and I’m proud to be a part of its mission to provide unbiased, reliable scientific information to the public and decision makers. I lead our publishing, web, education and outreach, and media relations efforts. I can truly say that I get up each morning and go to my dream job.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, travel, reading, volunteering—anything and everything to soak up all that life has to offer.
What was your first “real” job?
My first job out of college was as a management trainee for a regional chain of variety stores in Tucson, AZ. Two years later, I bagged it and started writing.
Awards and accolades?
The two forms of recognition that matter most to me are the credibility I’ve built with my scientists and the public’s growing appreciation for the work of those scientists. It’s not about me; it’s about them.
Any interesting or milestone projects/experiences you’d like to share?
I recently visited a 5th grade classroom in Boise to teach the kids about water and the role of the USGS in studying Idaho’s water resources. The teacher had the kids write thank you notes, and one boy wrote: “Thanks for the presentation. That was awesome. Now I want to be a scientist.” It doesn’t get any better than that.
I’ll never stop learning about my profession, so rubbing elbows with Boise’s best communication professionals is a golden opportunity. I’m also passionate about breaking some of the negative stereotypes about government and government workers. Innovation and a passion for excellence aren’t limited to the private sector.