My life journey began in Phoenix and has taken me all across the United States. I graduated from high school in Memphis, spent my college years at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and studied abroad in Italy. All through these years, Catholicism has been core to my religious upbringing. I’m certain it’s influenced my heart for service—both locally and abroad. I’ve mentored middle school girls, worked with Down Syndrome dancers, taught ESL through my home parish, volunteered at VBS, and participated in mission work in Ecuador. A year ago, my journey took what I call a detour. My life was seriously disrupted in a car accident and a near-fatal traumatic brain injury. I spent 3 weeks in a coma in Trauma ICU, during which I was blessed to have two nuns from the Missionaries of Charity bring a first class relic of St. Teresa and pray over me. I was then in Atlanta at the Shepherd Center for 2 months undergoing intensive rehab, which was followed by months of therapy and rehabilitation at home. My recovery can only be described as miraculous. I’m humbled by the many, many people around the world—Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and others (some who had never prayed!)—who were called to pray for my healing and recovery. I am so grateful for every prayer. God has placed this opportunity at FMC in front of me and I appreciate this time at FMC to grow in my faith and give back to God and others for His great mercy in my healing and life. I know God is using my experience and journey to share His glory.