Term: 2021-2024

My husband, JM, and I moved to Durham in 2018 and started attending ERUUF later that year. We were recently engaged and had been looking to purchase our first home and to find a church home. We were looking for a place where we could continue to grow spiritually, engage in community and fellowship, and be of service. I don’t remember the content of the first service we attended at ERUUF, but on our drive home afterward, we both agreed that we thought ERUUF was going to be the right place for us and that we wanted to check out the Inquirer’s series and continue to learn more.

Since joining ERUUF in 2019, I’ve enjoyed attending Sunday services, participating in small group ministry as a member of a chalice circle, looking for opportunities to connect with ERUUFians in the ’20s and '30s group, and participating in book and film discussions hosted by the Multicultural Team and Earth Justice Team.

Professionally, my work is in health services research, with a focus on program administration and implementation, implementation science, quality improvement, and program evaluation, within the content areas of mental health and interdisciplinary approaches to care. My educational background includes clinical and health psychology and public health (with a focus on health administration). While not directly part of my current professional roles, my personal and professional interests also encompass a desire to better understand and address “upstream” factors associated with human flourishing as well as poor mental and physical health, particularly at the intersection of individual-level factors and structural/systemic-level factors.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside--often with our dogs, Iris and Opal--running and walking in our neighborhood, on the tobacco trail, or through Umstead State Park. I’m an avid audiobook listener and also enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with JM and other friends and family. I am grateful for the spiritual home and community that I have found at ERUUF and look forward to continuing to connect, grow, learn, and be of service within and alongside this congregation.