About the Author

Living it up in Skopje, September 2011
Living it up in Skopje, Macedonia ~ September 2011

Born and raised in northern California, I graduated from San Diego State University in 2001 with a bachelor of liberal arts and sciences in psychology. I am an alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority, Beta Rho chapter, where I was elected vice president of standards my senior year.

I left my work in the sphere of mental health to serve as an environmental education and management Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia between 2002-2004. In 2006 I received my master of international relations from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, earning high distinction for my coursework in international systems, political economy, refugees, and Balkan studies. 

In 2006 I relocated to Washington, DC where I worked for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council as a logistics officer before being hired as a program assistant in the Voice of America’s Language Programming Directorate. After co-coordinating VOA broadcasts from the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as deputy logistics and credentialing officer, I was offered the position of executive assistant to the VOA director. 

From 2010-2014 I worked at the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters, first as special assistant to the regional director for Europe, Mediterranean and Asia, and later as special assistant to the associate director for the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. I also completed the Leadership Development Academy, Peace Corps’ prestigious 18-month professional development program the agency targets towards future senior leadership.   

In the summer of 2014, my dream of becoming an American diplomat came true. I received my invitation to join the United States Foreign Service, and my first diplomatic assignment as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In preparation, I completed nine months of Russian language and tradecraft, and received my consular commission. 

I am currently serving my second tour as Political Officer and Vice Consul at U.S. Embassy Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia.

I am married and have two stepdaughters. I love science fiction, the outdoors and travel, and as of August 2017 I have visited 28 countries…so there’s a long way to go!

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6 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hi, your blog is great! My husband is going through the process… of waiting 🙂 He’s not in the register yet, but hopefully soon. I just read your flag day story, so congratulations! I was reading how you got your offer and sadly I’m also a bit obsessive with the blogs, trying to find out as much as I can about it.. Congratulations again!

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  2. Hi — great blog! (Found it in a Google Search). I’m John, a program officer with USAID, and and I will be departing Kabul for Tashkent in August (with family in tow!). I’m going to be the deputy country director there and I’m really excited to get to a smaller post in Central Asia. Think maybe we could email and I could get more specific advice and solicit a few tips and hints on consumables, staff, and UAB/HHE/POV timing? I think you can contact me through my Google+ profile listed here, but if that doesn’t work, I’ll post an email address. In either case, I look forward to meeting you in August. Cheers!

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    1. Hi John, so nice to hear this feedback! Very glad to answer any questions you have. I have deleted my Google+ profile so I’m not able to see your contact details, but if you’ve used your real surname here I can probably find you in the GAL. I’m currently traveling away from post but will look you up when I come back.

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