I am originally from Aurora, Colorado. Growing up, I always had a fascination with computers. When I went to college, I majored in Computer Science and obtained minors in Mathematics and French. Eventually, I realized that I was more interested in the algorithmic/mathematical side of Computer Science and decided to study more Mathematics.
In 2009, I earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Denver. My thesis was about relations between permutation patterns and Coxeter groups. Since then, I have continued to study permutation patterns and pattern avoidance in other contexts such as Latin squares and lattice paths. My academic interests lie in enumerative and algebraic combinatorics, group theory and generalizations of groups such as quasigroups and loops, and in using algebraic structure to solve enumerative combinatorial problems.
I started at Southeast in fall 2009 as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. In 2014, I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and in 2020, I was promoted to Professor. From 2010 to 2018, I served as Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics. I stepped down from that role when I became Interim Chairperson for the Department of Mathematics on January 1, 2018. I became the Chairperson of the department on August 1, 2020. Throughout my time at Southeast, I have taught a wide range of courses from general education through to advanced major and graduate mathematics courses. My recent teaching has included Precalculus A with Integrated Review, Foundations of Mathematics, Mathematical Problem Solving and Mathematical Programming. I have found tremendous satisfaction working on various undergraduate research projects over the last few years and hope to continue this in the future!
My interests and hobbies outside of mathematics are spending time with my family, reading and traveling. I am never without a good book (or two or three or more....). I am also an avid Francophile and have been to France seven times.