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I love helping people tell the story that will make the biggest impact. I’m a digital media producer, life and leadership coach, and voice over talent. The threads running through all of this are service, connection, and curiosity.

I’ve been a producer on the Science and Exploration Media team at National Geographic for six years, creating content to support the non-profit National Geographic Society including impact initiatives and the work of explorers and scientists around the globe. I wrote, produced, and edited for Nat Geo’s first-ever web series focused on explorers in the field: Expedition Raw and Best Job Ever.

I’ve also worked on broadcast television shows about marine conservation expeditions, short-form web series featuring the leading archaeologists in Peru, radio documentaries about personal transformation, and multimedia for large-scale events. I strive to balance my creative and ethical instincts through my storytelling endeavors.

I earned a B.A. in Human Ecology from Middlebury College and graduate certificates from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Accomplishment Coaching. I love yin yoga, wildlife encounters, and eating baked goods while they are still warm from the oven.

TL;DR - I am a creative producer and coach. I proudly wear many hats as a documentary storyteller & branded content video and podcast producer, integrative life coach, and voice over actor. My specialty is getting to the heart of your story.

STORY

 

I love helping people tell the story that will make the biggest impact. I’m a digital media producer, life and leadership coach, and voice over talent. The strongest threads running through it all are service, connection, and curiosity.

I was a staff video producer at National Geographic for almost seven years, creating content to support the non-profit National Geographic Society including their "impact initiatives" and the work of explorers and scientists around the globe. I wrote, produced, and edited for Nat Geo’s first-ever web series focused on explorers in the field: Expedition Raw and Best Job Ever.

I’ve also worked on broadcast television shows about the Pristine Seas marine conservation expeditions, short form web series featuring the leading archaeologists in Peru, radio documentaries about personal transformation, and multimedia for large-scale event keynotes such as the World Parks Congress and the World Bank Oceans Conference. I strive to balance my creative and ethical motivations through my storytelling endeavors.

I earned a B.A. in Human Ecology from Middlebury College and graduate certificates from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Accomplishment Coaching. I love yin yoga, wildlife encounters, and eating baked goods while they are still warm from the oven.


IMPACT

I became interested in the idea of documentary for social impact while at Middlebury College in Vermont. While studying abroad in Thailand, I borrowed a video camera and created a short film to support the organic rice farmers I lived with in trying to maintain their food security. I showed the film at a Fair Trade conference in the US and shared it with a handful of non-profits who were trying to help expand Fair Trade rice from the European market into the US. This mattered to me so the farmers could sustain their families and their way of life and not become trapped in a system of having to buy new seeds and fertilizer every year from large corporations. I went back to Vermont and I’ll never forget when I saw the rice from those communities on the shelf of an American grocery store for the first time, with a picture of farmers that I knew. That’s when I really got it: 

Storytelling can make a difference.


JOY

 

A fun fact about me is that I've never had a cup of coffee. I agree with a spirited colleague who once said, "I don't need it, I'm fueled by joy!" I am enthusiastic about life. Especially about nature and being present for all of its beautiful surprises. This means I am just as pumped about seeing a new species at my bird feeder as seeing a giraffe in the wild for my first time. I love being outdoors; I'm blessed to have amazing memories of kayaking with orcas in the San Juans and SCUBA diving with hammerheads in the Galápagos. Nothing beats moments when I am totally present and it's all just so good that it comes out my eyes.

One of my Chilean friends told me I am remarkably good at aprovechar, which means “to make the most of” without the negative connotation of “taking advantage of.” I bring the same level of adaptability and appreciation to personal and professional endeavors.


EXPLORATION & GROWTH

 

While I often work with capital “e” Explorers at Nat Geo who are redefining adventure and pushing the boundaries of physical and geographical exploration, I also feel like an explorer because I spend a lot of time exploring the inner world of the mind. I am thrilled by the discovery of neuroplasticity, and have experienced many benefits from mind/body work. I regularly practice yin yoga, and am certified in Reiki I. I took my passion for growth and transformation and added it to my professional skill set by doing a year-long world-class coach training program. Life coaching is a super-fast growing field for a reason ... it works! I've added a deeper level of service to my life by becoming a coach and working with clients one-on-one.

I used to think I had to decide on a particular career track as a producer OR a coach, and now I am proud to model "having it all" by continuing a dynamic career as a producer and adding even more to my life though coaching.   


Want to explore working together? I'm happy to share references and my resumé — just ask!