My mother’s parents were raised as sharecroppers and sustenance farmers in rural East Texas, and later became cattle ranchers and independent growers and sellers of produce. Growing up, I spent chunks of my summer vacations with them in Oklahoma, helping with both the ranching and produce businesses. In addition, my father imbued me with a rational concern for environmental sustainability and a love of science, which is why I did my undergraduate work in biology and my graduate work in ecology.
I have worked with two water treatment startups as the team science director and advisor, as a PMP certified natural resources project manager for a Native American woman owned environmental consulting company, and now work as a B2B marketing, business, and technology advisor for an INC 500 marketing and training company.
I have a deep passion for responsible stewardship of the land and our natural resources, for the democratizing power of the internet--especially as a potent tool for entrepreneurs--and for contributing to the spread of an empowering, fact-based understanding of nature and sustainability.
For the past year, I have been developing a project with Aaron (a seasoned entrepreneur, artist, and craftsman), Shannon (a specialist in ornamental horticulture and communications technology), and Tamara (a PhD biologist with expertise in grant writing, animal behavior, and agriculture) to produce the Living Simply podcast as a collaborative venture between Living Simply and Ghostriders Farm, the foundation of Aaron’s and Shannon’s life, passion, and livelihood.
Our objective is to tell our stories and share our experiences in order to inspire others to adopt a more independent and sustainable lifestyle, all with an eye toward building a profitable business that adds value to the lives of its eventual customers and to the communities it’s part of.