Following my education at San Francisco State University where I earned my BSN, I worked in the Emergency Department before returning to school at Sonoma State University where I earned my MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner. Since becoming an FNP I have worked in busy family practices in Marin County while also teaching in the FNP program at SSU. In 2010 I returned to school once again earning my PhD at UCSF in the area of Adolescent Obesity. I conducted two years of research exploring various factors that impact obesity in this population. My dissertation focused on the impacts of ethnicity and physical activity on obesity and it’s prevention. Since joining the faculty at Sonoma State in 1996, I have been primarily dedicated to teaching and advising in the Family Nurse Practitioner program initially as a lecturer and eventually as Assistant Director and now as Director of the FNP MSN and PMC program. The Nursing Department has afforded me the opportunity to develop coursework in a broad range of subjects that interest me having had the opportunity to teach across programs. I am honored to serve the student-based practices of the Family Nurse Practitioner program with students working in their communities as RN while earning an advanced degree.