I am currently the Director of Operations at The Center for Children and Families, a non-profit in downtown Billings. My path to this position started while pursuing a degree Cell Biology and Neuroscience along with (2) minors in Spanish from MSU Bozeman. During my time at MSU I spent 2 years on exchange, the first in the UK and the second in Guadalajara, Mexico. Brain development was the spark for my fascination in advocating for children. My first job out of college was researching Early Childhood development and the position I held previous to my present work was as an assistant preschool teacher. Honors I have received include representing the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience on the Dean's student council for the College of Letters and Science. I am also a graduate of the MSU Honors college and was just recently accepted to the 2016 class of Leadership Montana. TED has offered me access to astonishing ideas that have played a massive role in shaping my career decisions, especially as they relate to advocating for children. The level of access to ideas and knowledge that TED and countless others provide is a resource that I believe is not fully appreciated.