January 28, 2009
For almost five years I have been mentoring and connecting women in my local community to women’s issues globally. I am a wife and mother who attended college late. My college years provided opportunities to study in Brazil and the Philippines, as well as the opportunity to host international students in my home. These were life changing experiences that have shaped my life and my goals for the future. I received my degree in natural resources and international studies. Having the opportunity to meet and share experiences with women from around the world really brought home the connections between access to education, heath care, economic opportunity and resources. Only by providing support, opportunity and access in all of these areas will it be possible for women to be healthy and prosperous. I work for an environmental policy organization working to build the capacity of residents in Ohio’s impoverished Appalachian region.