City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission
2017 – present
My role on the Commission is to work with my Councilperson to meet the needs of her constituents while staying within the means of the City budget and working with the Parks and Recreation Director and staff. From fun new animals at the zoo to complicated and emotionally fraught park renamings, we are the body that takes the Parks and Recreation Department’s recommendations and the voice of the citizens of Tucson and ensure that we approve the best solution for all invested parties.
The Rogue Theatre
2009 – present
I started volunteering with The Rogue Theatre in 2009 and have worn many hats since. The goal is to serve the audience and ensure they are comfortable, safe and in their seats by the time the house lights dim without being particularly memorable. From setting up the house to cleaning up, setting up the house to sneaking latecomers into a packed theatre, the job is all about being in the right place and the right time. In a black box theatre, being in the wrong place could mean a collision with a Shakespearian sword or a 15 foot tall bear puppet in the wings.
Serving Tea To Friends
2012 – 2015
As a writer, editor and social media manager for Serving Tea To Friends my life is steeped (pun intended) in the the lady blog. As a writer, I have the responsibility and pleasure of writing about the concerns, wishes, and idyll thoughts of other women my age, reminding all us ladies that, as a sex, we are not alone; writing about crushes has never been so meaningful. As an editor I proof and post the majority of the posts that appear on the site. And as the social media manager I update the Facebook page, Twitter account and Tumblr account for each new post.
For a month I traded my Christmas break for the mountains of northern Peru working in a Wawa Wasi, a government sponsored daycare where children have access to balanced meals and a safe place to play while their parents work. I brought arts and crafts to a town that didn’t even sell construction paper.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
2009 – 2010
Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, I met and mentored the most amazing ten year old girl. She and I spent several weekends together a month, exploring her education opportunities and discussing her goals or just spending an afternoon covered in paint; simply enjoying ourselves. She taught be volumes and I did the same for her.
University of Arizona Young Democrats
2007 – 2009
As a member, I participated in weekly volunteer based activities to support local and national candidates. In 2008 I served on the executive board as the Campus Relations Chair, a post that focused on community outreach and cooperation. In this post, I was not only responsible for working with and having a presence on campus, but attended local and state organized planning and training meetings.
Foundation for Animals In Risk (FAIR)
2003 – 2005
FAIR was a huge part of my life. I worked for several years in middle and high school at their adoption sites attending to animal happiness and helping with adoptions. The greatest challenge was not falling in love with all of the dogs and cats I took care of – which eventually failed, and I adopted my pup of almost nine years, a deaf Dalmatian I named Dot Com, from one of our adoption sites.
American Lung Association – Executive Youth Council
1999 – 2006
Through my mom’s work, I participated in the Executive Youth Council in the effort to pass legislation to ban smoking in public spaces, tobacco cessation, and education. I helped by participating in a number of protests, speaking out publicly, teaching at schools, and a number of other activities to achieve the goal of a smoke-free southern Arizona.
Episodic Volunteer Work
Mi Familia Vota
Sonoran Glass School
Tucson Festival of Books
Borton Elementary School
Pima Animal Care Center
Las Milpitas/Tucson Community Food Bank
Tucson High Magnet School
Arizona Public Media
The Flandrau Science Center
American Lung Association