I value human-centered design processes, the kind that make space for people to participate fully as themselves. So I want to make space to tell you a little about who I am, which is both separate from and intertwined with my professional interests.
I’m the mom of three delightful boys. The oldest was 2 when I started graduate school, and the other two born along the way. I am forever indebted to the amazing teachers at the UW Child Development Lab, who have loved our whole family every step of the way.
I like to be active, whether it’s a hike on the weekends or playing catch. I was a three-season athlete in high school, voted “Most Athletic” by my senior class, earned “All Tournament” honors in Volleyball and Softball, and was awarded “Athlete of the Year.” I rowed crew during my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, earning the 4 seat in the varsity 8 in the fall and winning a gold medal at the spring SIRAS regatta. I have often used crew as a metaphor for graduate school! (See posts here and here)
When I transferred to the University of Wisconsin, I joined the Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association. In Massachusetts and Oregon, I played in recreational women’s volleyball leagues. All of these pursuits were team-oriented, and I love the challenge of working hard together.
I have also stayed active with CrossFit and endurance events, culminating in finishing an Ironman in the summer of 2011. It took me 15 hours and 14 minutes to travel 140.6 miles: 2.4 mi Swim, 112 mi Bike, and 26.2 mi Run. You can read my race report here.
Most of my exercise these days comes from bike commuting in this awesome Madsen cargo bike!