I was born and raised in upstate New York, and have spent time living in London, Guatemala, Orcas Island in the San Juans, the coast of Maine, rural Oregon (Parkdale and Hood River) as well as Vermont. I relocated to Portland three years ago after five years in the Gorge. I have been finding the balance over the past three years of drinking in all the city has to offer and slipping out to the woods to hike, or backpack, or run a few times a month.
I am fascinated with how people interact with each other and create community and culture.
Outside of work I carve out time to hike, run, meditate, take in music, cook and sit with friends and a good whiskey as often as I am able.
I am also good at making others feel at ease. And I am good at laughing; loudly, frequently and vigorously.
My favorite films are those such as Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind, Cool Hand Luke, The Hudsucker Proxy, Being John Malcovich, etc.
As for music, currently I find that I can't get enough of Jolie Holland, Sufjan Stevens, Charles Mingus, Greg Brown and Nina Simone. Every year I come away from Pickathon in love with a new band; four years ago it was Breathe Owl Breathe, three years ago it was Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, two years ago, Lake Street Dive, and last year the Cactus Blossoms.
I have a Pandora station dedicated to Sufjan Stevens which feels perpetually perfect.
I love to cook and I look forward to it as a nightly ritual that helps me to unwind from the stresses of any given day.
I have been in a bit of a salad mania of late, but I love to experiment and will try anything, especially if I can procure the ingredients locally. I've been gluten free for six years (of dietary necessity, not fashion) and have begun to enjoy the challenge and rewards of making tasty gluten free fare.