Artist. Writer. Sociologist. 

I am an artist, writer, developmental editor in training, and spiritual director in training.

I have a PhD in Sociology from Purdue University. My area of specialty was Self & Identity Theory. Then I spent 12 years as an adjunct sociology professor and eight years as a sociologist of religion. Before that, I was an elementary art teacher. 

Sociology provides a rich foundation for a writer and an artist. It provides a deeper understanding of human behavior, social dynamics, and societal issues. It equips writers with valuable insights, research skills, and critical thinking abilities. 

I serve on the Board of Directors for Louisville Literary Arts. Although I have an extensive vita of peer-reviewed academic publications, my foray into fiction didn’t start until March of 2022. Since then, my first piece has been published in 50-Word Stories. Yes, I started small.

My first manuscript, a dual-POV YA Occult novel entitled The Stonecrafters, is a 2023 Claymore Award winner. I am now seeking representation for that novel.

Wholehearted Living with Art and Soul

This website is my hub. It’s the place where all my various loves intersect. What makes them connect? Creativity. Heart. Soul.

On December 23, 2017, while I was wrapping Christmas presents, I had a widowmaker heart attack. I survived. Obviously. But this experience sparked a change in me.

I am a different person now. That traumatic experience transformed me in ways that are still unfolding. It changed my personality, the way I relate to people, my interests, my dreams, my spirituality, my perspective. 

I prefer this new me. 

In February of 2023, this new me got a kick in the butt when I left my job as a research analyst, and put all my eggs into the creative endeavor basket. Granted, this basket has many eggs: selling my art, teaching art classes, writing a novel, training to be a developmental editor, training to be a spiritual director.

I’d like to say this creative endeavor basket isn’t a handbasket, and said handbasket certainly isn’t headed straight toward hell, but then again, my debut novel is about demons so…


Purdue University
Ph.D., Sociology, 2011

Ball State University
MA, Sociology, 2006

Ball State University
MA, Social Science Education, 2005

Ball State University
BS, Visual Arts Education, 1999

The Divine Shepherd

Shows and Exhibitions

Psalm 23: The Good Shepherd
Highland Presbyterian Church

Painted live during a 5-part worship series. This worship series was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Guests were not allowed in the sanctuary due to the pandemic. The final painting is on permanent display at Highland Presbyterian Church.


Leader and Founder

Crafty Spirit
2023 – PRESENT

Limen Place is a creative contemplative community. We host a monthly Contemplative Arts Circle.

Limen Place
2020 – 2022

Limen Place is a creative contemplative community. We host two monthly circles. One is a Contemplative Pause, focusing on spiritual practices. The other is a Creative Pause, focusing on creative practices.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2014 – 2023

Research Associate

Resident data visualization expert. Directs the US Congregational Vitality Survey. Tracks the 1001 Worshiping Communities movement.

Staff Day Retreat Leader

Art & Soul: Painting as Prayer Workshop

Owner and Founder

Vetiver Aromatics
2011 – PRESENT

Vetiver Aromatics is a purveyor of perfume-making kits and supplies. Our mission is to help people find their inner perfumer by providing the education, materials, and supplies to practice the mad science of artisan perfumery.

Adjunct Professor

Indiana University Southeast:
Social Problems
2009 – PRESENT

University of Louisville:
Social Theory, Diversity & Inequality, Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology
2009 – 2012

Tiffin University:
The Psychology of Success
2009 – 2012

University of Phoenix:
Racial Relations in the United States
2009 – 2012

Elementary Art Teacher

Muncie Community Schools
2000 – 2003

Taught elementary art to the children of two small elementary schools in Muncie, IN. My time was split equally between the two schools. I had art rooms in both schools.

Elementary Art Teacher

Anderson Community Schools
1999 – 2000

Taught “art on a cart” to the children of a small, struggling elementary school in Anderson Indiana, visiting from room to room to teach the kids for 45 minutes while the teacher was able to go take a break. This job only lasted a year because the school was shut down due to failing the No Child Left Behind Initiative.


Board Member
Louisville Literary Arts
2023 – PRESENT

Helping to plan annual Writers Block.

Worship Arts Committee
Highland Presbyterian Church
2020 – 2022

Designs ways to incorporate the arts into worship services.

Fellowship Committee
Highland Presbyterian Church
2017 – 2021

Incorporates art into church life, including:

  • Art & Soul, Painting as Prayer workshop
  • Advent paint-a-long workshop
  • Organized a field trip to the Speed Art Museum
  • Launched a Contemplative Photography group

Louisville Artisans Guild
2021 – PRESENT

painting supplies

Grants and Awards

Lifelong Arts Fellowship
Indiana Arts Commission

Lifelong Arts Fellowship
Indiana Arts Commission

OnRamp Fellowship
Indiana Arts Commission