Updated: Sep 9
My father was born in Aurora and my grandparents are from Golden. Since both of
my parents were in the Air Force, I was born on Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina; spent my young childhood on Kadena Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan; and then my parents settled in Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. After I graduated high school, I enlisted in the Army. I also graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008 and Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2013.
My family and I chose to move here in 2014 after my military service. My children, Rose and Rex, enrolled in Hackberry Elementary school, and I got to know the town through its vibrant parks, friendly people, and being involved in the JeffCo school board recall effort.
Then, I served a congregation in Carbondale, Colorado for a few years before working nationally on the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign. As the pandemic hit and the campaign wrapped, I came back to Arvada and have worked full time remotely for worthy causes.
Even as I've lived all over the world and across this nation, Arvada is my home. I met the love of my life, Nick Ambrose, on a date at The Schoolhouse in Olde Town Arvada. Our marriage date was this August!
My kids love growing up here. My daughter is attending community college locally, and my son has worked at King Sooper's for over two years, walking there after his school lets out. While he doesn't know what he wants to do yet, my daughter is certain she'll be a Psychiatric Nurse that works with adults in mental crisis.
Be sure to reach out and tell me your Colorado story - I'd love to know how you came to live in this wonderful city!