I am passionate about service learning and spent significant time volunteering before starting a family. In Uganda I volunteered with Kasey, IVI founder and met Hamis, fellow board member. I have been on the IVI board since its inception and my favorite project so far has been coordinating pen pals between students in Uganda and youth in a residential treatment center where I worked in California. Professionally I worked with troubled youth in mental health for a number of years and continue to run my own business as a massage therapist specializing in massage for emotional health. My husband and I are now laying the foundation of well-rounded future service-learners by helping our very young children interact with a variety of people in our community and do meaningful activities outside of our comfort zones.