A native Virginian, I received my Master's degree at Colorado State University in Rangeland Ecology and Management in Spring 2014. I've worked on horse farms since I was 14, and have also done work on sheep farms and cattle ranches in recent years. My coursework included academic and on-ground study of grassland ecology and management, grazing management, riparian assessments, targeted grazing of weeds, and many more topics. The Piedmont region of Virginia has always been home. I hope to work with farmers and landowners to help manage their land for financial and ecological resilience in the face of demographic and landscape-scale changes sweeping the state. I believe that educated and conscientious agricultural producers are the best stewards of the landscape and heritage of rural Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast. My passions are agriculture, ecology, and horseback riding. I have a partbred Arabian-Paint mare who's my best four-legged friend, and I enjoy crafting my own wool tack in my free time.