author: "One More Day: A powerful true story of suicide, loss, and a woman's newfound faith"
Just your average mom with bags under her eyes, who spends the majority of her time sitting in a foldout chair or hard and cold bleachers watching her daughter play soccer year round, and who works with her pit bull terrier, Sadie, at her side. I love coffee, wine, running, and any opportunity I receive to head to the beach. 
I am a recovering journalist, having worked in the business for 20-plus years. It was a humbling experience to receive the 2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness - Alabama media of the year award after making it my mission and J-O-B to cover mental health following my sister's 2015 suicide, and later, the 2020 NAMI Alabama Advocate of the Year award. 
I am a three-time Public Service winner through the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors contest for Project 7, an initiative I helped develop and eventually lead, and that brought awareness to community issues and how we could provide outreach. 
In 2019, I received the inaugural Lantern Award through Leadership Montgomery for being a "lantern for the transformation of the common good." Such a privilege to have a platform that allows me to advocate for those hurting, and to have people surrounding me who believe in my mission. None of us do this work alone.
The trials my family and I have faced through tragedy and loss of loved ones are experiences that shaped me into who I am today. It has crafted my focus, my passion, and my vision, and I am forever grateful for the love, lessons, and life they both gave and left us.
While I live in Alabama, I will always call Texas home.