I grew up in Kentucky where my family took frequent vacations to visit National Parks, mainly Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Following graduation from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a degree in history, I took a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States.
Along the way, I visited 27 national parks and fell in love with the Northwest. I then attended law school at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. I graduated with a JD and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award for my work on environmental issues while in law school.