Which people and/or events influenced your decision to work in this field?
While a lawyer by education and practice, my father has spent much of his life focused on the science and medical fields – so much so that I have woken up almost every morning to at least one email summarizing an interesting journal article that he’d read the prior evening. Thus, despite my own shortcomings when it came to all science classes(!), I gained a deep appreciation for and interest in the scientific sector. Upon meeting Drs. Steier and Gallo in 2018, it became evident that there was an exciting opportunity to lend my skills in communication and partnership building to support the tremendous work that they lead in providing scientific evaluation, validation, and translation services.
What was the answer you gave people as a child when asked what you want to be when you grow up?
I spent most of my childhood – and into my early college career – aspiring to be a sports journalist or writer. While I ultimately shifted focus in college and beyond, my love for sports (DC-based teams and the San Antonio Spurs) never abated!
What advice would you give yourself 3 years ago? 3 years from now?
The advice that I would give myself three years ago is likely the same as what I need to hold onto now and three years from now: find peace in the unknown, follow your gut, and be kind to yourself.