An entrepreneur at heart, I’ve founded two companies: Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, Inc. and Aerial Dance. My background in business was established at Northwestern University and Indiana University during my degrees. In June 2013 I resigned as director of the BCMCC and moved to an advisory position on the board so I could pursue other ventures. Some of my current projects include creating merchandising lines, implementing marketing strategies that focus on the connected generation, and developing new curricula that takes into account my PhD research for dance fitness and musician health.
In June 2013, while planting a tomato, I ruptured the extensor tendon in my left middle finger. Seriously, a PhD in injury prevention and tomato plant does me in! As a result I am currently rehabilitating from this incident and have passed all bassoon performances to fellow musicians so the world premieres I was scheduled to perform this year will still be happening for the composers. I hope to be back playing soon.
My love of teaching has lead me to become a group fitness instructor, American Council on Exercise certified. While researching functional strength training as an injury prevention opportunity I came across Pole Exercise and fell in love at first spin. In 2010 I opened Aerial Dance to share my fitness love with women in the Fox River Valley. I’ve also used my injury prevention knowledge to help other dancers by collaborating with ETEDance for their instructor training curricula which have been approved by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
A very active person, I love the outdoors and the water. I’m an avid scuba diver, PADI Rescue certified, having spent more than 9,173 minutes under the sea. I also surf, water ski, and windsurf. If I’m not on stage or in a classroom you can usually find me exploring the ocean or at Lambeau Field.
Scuba Diving with a Weedy Seadragon in Sydney
Holding Wizard the Wombat
Hiking in Tasmania
At Lambeau Field with my mom
Golfing with my dad