About Me


I am a writer, scholar, visionary dreamer, provocateur, creative thinker, philosopher, illuminator, and transformation seducer who is insatiably curious, unapologetically optimistic, and a dyed in the organic hemp bleeding heart. I have had the privilege of working on a lot of really interesting projects in my life, and am continually seeking new opportunities to contribute toward a more compassionate, just, sustainable, harmonious, joyous, peaceful, and beautiful planet.

I grew up in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, a place that was just the right mix of urban cool and country charming. The values I developed in the small but strong city of Allentown have guided me through a lot of hills and valleys.

Literally. I have been diagnosed with ‘bipolar disorder,’ which has given me the gift of a unique and brilliant life perspective as well as the ability to feel and fully experience a dynamic range of profoundly deep emotions. My emotional difference helps me to thrive in complexity, appreciate diverse perspectives, creatively engage with challenges, and envision possibilities that might otherwise remain obscured.

I am in love with the written word, and regularly feed my soul with exquisitely beautiful prose. I also write to express and share my ideas through articles, essays, and books (ten, so far).

My broad scholarly interests relate to the phenomenology and dramaturgy of social change leadership and personal transformation. I am obsessed with the way I and others understand and experience stories, myths, meaning, and purpose in our work and our lives. I expect to finish my doctorate by the end of this decade, and until then I will continue to learn from every life experience that comes my way.

When I’m not working, which isn’t nearly often enough, I enjoy spending time with family, spoiling my cats, visiting and supporting family farms, riding horses, trying to make sense of my deep thoughts, and soaking up sun at the beach.

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