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Lapeer East High School, Michigan State University
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States · Member since August 2012
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Passionate generalist, designer, learner, and strategist. A thing I try to remind myself is that "when nothing is sure, everything is possible". I'm optimistic, curious, friendly and considerate.

Professionally: I'm a freelance Creative Consultant and Principal of She Does Design, which primarily focuses on small businesses and start-ups centered around social responsibility, health and environmental stewardship. I'm currently consulting with a co-working space in Grand Rapids, MI to develop a peer-based learning platform intended to help diversify and grow the tech-based workforce in the area. I also serve on the West Michigan Board of Directors for AIGA, the professional association for design, and actively work to foster a rich and critical conversation around design and business. I've recently co-founded a company called Onward Travel Co.

Personally: I work hard at being a good friend, and per relevance here, a good guest. I'm a (very) part-time yogi, one-time marathoner, not-so-competitive triathlete and on occasion, a long-distance tour cyclist. I love to travel, read and spend time alone, but also relish meeting people and developing relationships. I spent a couple years in the Bay Area, with some extended stays in Nashville, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Lake Arrowhead, and Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm an aunt to 5 small humans, a daughter to two awesome adults, and a sister to two others—all of which continue to bring me home to Michigan.