About me

I truly believe you can alter the way you see your life and the way you live your everyday life. By examining and changing the way you talk to yourself about yourself and about others you can transform your life. I believe this in my bones and I’ve seen countless people succeed.

I earned a Ph.D. in communication studies and I taught courses in interpersonal communication for over 20 years. I was 18 when I found a home in communication studies. The courses I took gave me a vocabulary for making sense of my feelings and experiences. With words and concepts to help me understand the world around me, I felt less alone. Studying communication changed how I saw my life and gave me tools to help others. Recently, I became a Martha Beck certified life coach in order to more fully meet my clients’ needs.

Communication Coach, Teacher, & Facilitator  1994-present

Martha Beck Certified Life Coach  2017-present

Director, Gerald & Carol Vovis Center for Research & Advanced Study, Knox College    2013-2017

Associate Director, Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement, Butler University  2009-2013

Academic Dean, Gustavus Adolphus College  2005-2009

Faculty member in Communication Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College 1994-2009

Ph.D. in Philosophy of Communication, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
M.A. in Communication Theory, California State University, Chico
B.A. in Speech Communication, San Francisco State University
General Education, Santa Rosa Junior College