Lifelong Learning Institute Director
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I have served as Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at James Madison University since September 2018. The Institute is a member community that shares a love of learning. We provide educational enrichment opportunities for adults that support healthy aging through promoting social, physical, and mental activity.

Prior to joining JMU, I worked at Berea College and directed a program focused on rural community development in a 54-county region of Kentucky. I have always had a passion for community building, social justice, and developing local leadership within underserved populations. These passions are informed by my lived experience of growing up in rural Appalachia and being a first-generation College graduate. Both experiences taught me about the importance of educational access and opportunity and the additional challenges people face in resource-limited homes and communities.

I earned a Master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Kentucky University.

My personal interests include learning new technology, the digital preservation of older technologies such as pinball machines, collecting vinyl albums, and hiking and exploring the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with my spouse and our two children, Avery and August.

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