I became passionate about photography several years ago when I began taking pictures of my son, Aidan, who has a disability and is non-verbal.  I photographed the things he was doing and what he enjoyed so he could share this information with peers and teachers at school.  It gave him a voice; sharing his interests and helping others realize all that he was capable of doing.  My infatuation for the technical, artistic, and humanitarian aspects of photography soon developed and has been a true passion ever since. 
            Whether I am photographing my son to help aid in his communication, teaching others photography as a powerful means of expression, or developing my own professional or personal projects, it is increasingly evident to me that the art and craft of photography is incredibly impactful in the variety of ways that it can serve as a vehicle to “do good” for individuals and the community.  Ultimately, I strive to use my work to make a tangible contribution in this way. 
          I often have my camera when I am doing the things I enjoy... being a mom, running, advocating for people with disabilities, and teaching photography as a tool for expression to underrepresented groups. 
          Click here for a recent Tennessee Register article on how my photography passion began.  See below for CV.  

 CV

Education

-  Professional Photography Certificate, Nashville State, 2016
-  M.S. Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University, 2005-2006
-  Eastern Michigan University, Earth Science minor, Teaching Certificate Endorsement, 2002
-  B.S., Biology major, Chemistry minor, and Teacher Certification program, grades 7-12, Michigan State University, 1996

Professional Experience

-  Artist in Residence with Borderless Arts TN, Williamson County Schools, 2018-2019 academic year, funded by US Department of Education
-  Artist in Residence, “Able Voices” Photo Voice Project with Transition II Special Education program, Franklin High School, Williamson County                               
   Schools, grant funded by The Arc Williamson County and Middle Tennessee Electric Corporation, Fall 2018
-  Tutor (Photography courses), Nashville State, 2017-2018
-  Photography Instructor, Community Program, Abe’s Garden at Park Manor, 2017-present
-  Artist in Residence, “Able Voices” Photo Voice Project with Transition II Special Education program, Centennial High School, Williamson County                                   
   Schools, grant funded by the Arts Council Williamson County, Spring 2018, residency
-  Artist in Residence with Borderless Arts TN, “The Chemistry of Art: Water and Oil” project, Woodland Middle School, Williamson County Schools, 
   grant funded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, November 2017, residency
-  The Arc Williamson County, Photography Workshop Instructor, Williamson County Schools Transition II Special Education Program, 2015-2016
-  Freelance Photographer, 2014-present
-  Science Tutor, 2005-2017
-  High School Science Teacher, 1996-2004

Exhibitions and Awards
2020
-  Aspire Springfield, Solo exhibit, Springfield, TN, January-March
2019
-  Brentwood Library, Solo exhibit, Brentwood, TN, May
2018
-  South x Southeast Photogallery, "Flora & Fauna," June-July 2018, Molina, GA.  Juried by Kat Kierman. 
-  Brentwood Photography Group, “Your Best Shot,” April-May 2018, Franklin City Hall, Franklin, TN. Juried by Jerry Park. exhibition
-  “Doggone Good!” Solo Traveling Exhibit.  Vanderbilt Kennedy CenterScarritt Bennett Center, Nashville Public Library- Green Hills, Tennessee                                 
    Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
-   “Rising Strong Together!” Disability Mega Conference Art Exhibit, Nashville, TN
-  PhotoVoice Member Exhibit, Photofusion Gallery, London, England,  January-February 2018, exhibition
-  Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, “Landmarks,” Nashville Public Library- Green Hills, Nashville, TN.  March 2018, Juried by Emily Naff.



2017
-  Williamson County Fair, Cultural Arts Competition, Photography Awards: two 1st place, a 2nd place, and a 3rd place in the open/professional 
   category, TN.  Juried by Jerry Atnip.
-  Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers Annual Exhibit, Nashville Gordon JCC.  Juried by Jerry Park, exhibition
-  Chromatics Gallery, “Captured Emotions,” Nashville, TN
-  Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, “Work,” Provence, Nashville, TN.  Juried by Michael Ray Nott, exhibition
-  Tennessee State Fair, Creative Arts Competition, “Photography Merit Award” and “Best in Show- Black & White”awards. Other awards: three 1st 
   place and a 2ndplace in the open/professional category, Nashville, TN.  Juried by Jerry Atnip. 
-  “Doggone Good!” Solo Traveling Exhibit.  Williamson County Public Library, Franklin City Hall, Brentwood Library, Williamson County Community                    
   Services         
-  Photographer’s Forum, 37th Annual Spring Photography Competition, Finalist
-  Court of Honor, Scott Kelby Lynnville Photo Walk 2017, Williamson County Public Library, Columbia Market Square, and Lynnville City Hall.  Juried 
   by Jerry Atnip.
-  Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, “Perspective,” Gordon JCC, Nashville, TN.  Juried by Vesna Pavlovic, exhibition

Press

-  InFocus, "Centennial High Transition II Students Create Photography Exhibit", Williamson County Schools, April 2018, article
-  The Arc TN Connection, “From Around the State,” Spring 2018, article
-  InFocus, "Woodland Middle Students Combine Science and Art," Williamson County Schools, December 2018, article
-  Williamson Herald,“Service Dog Photograph Sales Benefit Local Non-profit,” October 2017, article
-  Tennessee Register, “Mom of Child who does not Speak Finds His Voice in a Camera,”  September 2017, article
-  Brentwood Homepage, “Local Photographer Captures Essence of Service Dogs in County Library Exhibit,” July 2017,  article

Publications

-  Breaking Ground, Annual Arts Issue, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: 
   Using Photography to Help My Son Communicate,” January-March 2018, article
-  Photographer’s Forum, Serbin Communications, Best of Photography 2017, book
-  Breaking Ground, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, “WCS Link: Connecting Special Education Families, Educators, and the Community in 
   Williamson County,” April 2012, article

Presentations

-  “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Giving a Voice to People with Disabilities,” Disability Mega Conference, The Arc Tennessee, May 2018, 
    Nashville, TN
- “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Giving a Voice to People with Disabilities,” Partners in Policymaking 23rdAnnual Reunion conference, TN 
    Council on Developmental Disabilities, March 2018, Nashville, TN
-  “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Giving a Voice to People with Disabilities,” The Future of Disability: a Big Ideas Event, The Arc Tennessee,                                     
    February 2018, Nashville, TN
 - “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Giving a Voice to Students with Disabilities,” Partners in Education (PIE) conference, TN Department                                   
    of Education, Feb. 2018, Nashville, TN
 - “Promoting Collaborations Between Families and School Systems,” Partners in Policymaking 18thAnnual Reunion conference, with Carol 
    Hendlmyer, Director of Support Services for Williamson County Schools, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, March 2012, Nashville, TN


Other Experience

-  PhotoVoice training, PhotoVoice, London, England, April 2018
-  The Arc Williamson County, Board Member and Past President, 2014- present
-  WCS Link, Special Education Advisory Committee, Williamson County Schools, founding member, 2008-present
-  TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute, 2006-2007

Affiliations

-  Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, member, 2017- present
-  Brentwood Photography Group, member, 2017- present
-  Professional Photographers of America, member, 2015- present
-  Arts Council Williamson County, member, 2017- present
-  PhotoVoice, member, 2017-present
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