I was born in a small town in Alabama. However I would not be there for long because when you are born into a military family you end up traveling a lot. All of that traveling around the country and Europe helped prepare me for my eventual move to Arizona from Illinois.

My love for animals didn’t become apparent to me until I started working at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley Illinois. It was there where I began working my way up the ladder to finally become a seasonal zookeeper. I worked with various species ​of ​ birds and mammals like bald eagles, eclectus parrots, dromedary camels and reticulated giraffes. Working with those different species and many others was fantastic!  It wasn’t until I saw the individual personalities of all the different birds that I knew I wanted to pursue a career that would let me work with them even more.
Being here I have come to enjoy working with all the birds. They all have their quirks and funny enough their own favorite people. If I had to pick a favorite it would have to be Lily Rose our female Rose Breasted Cockatoo. Since the first day I volunteered here she has almost never failed to fly onto my shoulder and show me a little bit of love. Working here I have garnered a new respect for their resiliency and fighting spirit. I have really enjoyed myself working here and I can’t wait to see what the future may bring professionally and personally.