Founder and Director
I am an Integrative Leadership Coach whose background includes project coordination, marketing, branding, wellness coaching/teaching, corporate and community event planning. My mission is to connect artists and businesses to improve leadership, create positive social change, and increase community engagement.
Since 2008, I have worked with national and Oklahoma-based companies/districts such as the Goodwill Industries, Chesapeake Energy, The Jones Assembly, Western Avenue district, Film Row district, Citizen's Bank, Crowe Dunlevy and Dunlap Codding Law Firms. With numbers building in 2021, the collective projects I have served gathered over 300,000 patrons and business owners per year and created a low projection of $6 million annual impact for the Oklahoma City metro area.
I hold my Master's degree in International Affairs Conflict Management from Seton Hall University, a SHU graduate certification in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification from the University of Southern Florida. I am currently pursuing my 2021 Therapeutic Art Life Coaching Certification. Prior to graduate school, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University and wellness certificates in Yoga as Therapy and the Krav Maga Alliance youth teaching program.
I am also a music artist with Willow Way and live in Oklahoma City, OK with my husband, Dustin, our beautiful 8-year-old daughter, and our two quirky pups, Tut and Kiya.
I am excited to bring my background, education, and life experience to Artio, and work with Jenn and the incredible team she has assembled. I am originally from Phoenix, AZ, and gained my Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University. I have more than 15 years of corporate experience at JPMorgan Chase, where I currently manage a group of analysts. My professional background, along with my social justice and human rights research, has provided me with a dynamic approach to topics of diversity and inclusion. I live with my husband and two dogs in Phoenix, and love traveling and meeting new people.
I gained my Master's Degree in Art Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University University and I'm starting my PhD program for Arts Administration in the Fall. I have more than five years of nonprofit arts administration experience, primarily through the Salvation Army. I've taught arts-based programs for more than eight years. I have experience in event planning, fundraising, board governance, marketing, HR development, grant writing and contract negotiation.
I teach at Oklahoma City University for their Nonprofit Management Master's degree program, am a dance instructor for the Oklahoma City public school district, and serve as the Professional Development Director for Young Nonprofit Network (YNPN) in Oklahoma City. My goal is to equip others with leadership strategies they can use to create a diverse and inclusive space within the arts.
I hail from small-town Pennsylvania, where I got my first job as a general assignment reporter at my hometown newspaper, The New Castle News. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Allegheny College, I sought new vistas in Florida, taking a job as an editor and writer for The Key West Citizen. Transitioning from journalism into graphic design and page layout design, I moved cross-country to take a job as chief designer of the metro section for The Arizona Republic. I was hired by their parent company, The USA Today Network, where I was a magazine and news layout designer for more than a decade.
I'm a freelance editor, and live in Phoenix with my son, Raine, and our rescue pup, Leo. In my free time, I volunteer as a writer, editor and photographer with World Based, a multimedia company that provides free media to non-profits in some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world.