I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon metro area. I attended college at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia where I received a B.A. in history. At 19, I paused my studies to serve a two year proselytizing mission for my church in Minas Gerais, Brazil. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah immediately after completing my undergraduate degree to work as a Web Producer for DeseretNews.com. After two years as a Web Producer, I returned to school and am currently working toward a master’s degree in American history at the University of Utah. My research has focused on policy history and economic history in the American West. I will complete my degree in May, 2017.