I graduated in December of 2008 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with my Master's degree in Architecture - at the beginning of what we call in hind-sight "The Recession." Although it was not ideal, that challenge has greatly shaped the attributes that I value most in myself today: determination, problem solving, and practicality.
When I still faced a stagnant job market in the field of architecture at the end of 2009, I chose to learn a new trade. I spent a year training as a petroleum landman and researcher, and together, my husband and I moved from South Texas to Central Pennsylvania where the Marcellus Shale industry was booming. We worked together as property records researchers for a small company based near Fort Worth, TX for about five years and absolutely fell in love with Pennsylvania and its history.
We finally found our way to Williamsport in 2013, and we immediately felt at home. After spending our first 24 hours in a whirlwind of meeting people we would soon call close friends, we rented an apartment downtown just above Alabaster and settled in. In early 2015, a storefront, a kiln, and 9 pottery wheels later, we opened the doors to Dirty Dogs Studio + Gallery. Later that same year, we both left the gas industry to pursue our dreams full-time. I began as a Project Manager at a local architecture firm, Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects, and my husband became a full-time artist and small business owner! We moved in to an older home near Brandon Park, and quickly began to put down roots.
Traveling, being outdoors, constant home renovations, and our two boxers, Turkish and Luna, keep me busy outside of work. I love to learn new things, and can usually be found with a book nearby. Currently on the reading list are several books about starting and running a small business successfully, something I'd like to cross off the bucket list, and a few about community planning and design, a longtime passion of mine.
I am an incisive and reliable team member who enjoys taking initiative on projects and applying creative systems and solutions to difficult problems. My ability to organize details and thoughts into practicable steps makes me a great leader and researcher. In Williamsport, I have found a dedication to my community, and am active with a few local organizations: Lycoming Arts Alliance, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and Heart of Williamsport. I love Williamsport and its people, and I'd love to share that excitement with you!