I earned my B.A. in History and Social Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN in 1985. After working for 2 years at a homeless shelter in Toledo, I started a Master's in Sociology at the University of Toledo, followed by further graduate work in Demography at Bowling Green State University. After leaving BGSU in 1996, I started working at NFO Research, now Lightspeed Research, as a Senior Panel Research Specialist. During my time at Lightspeed Research I completed a GIS certification at the University of Toledo. This lead me to the new Ph.D. program in Spatially Integrated Social Science program, which I entered as a full-time student in the Fall of 2010. My research interests are in the area of spatial aspects of demographic and social change, this includes topics such as the economic migration between urban, suburban and rural areas as well as the spatial aspects in the socio-economic affects on mortality. I am very enthusiastic about being part of the GK-12 fellowship for a second year. I really enjoyed the program and the interaction with other members of the program. I hate to see members of this year's cohort leave. I am looking forward to continuing with the program next year, as well as the opportunity to teach these students about my research and the role science can play in their future.