About Me

I am the co-director of the Think Tank at the Moody School of Communications UT, ICU Nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, graduate student at UT Nursing, chaplain, healthcare research consultant, ordained Presbyterian minister and activist based in Austin, Texas.

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Career Highlights

  • 2022 Board member with Texas Impact
  • 2022: ICU Nurse
  • 2022: Co-director of Think Tank at the Center for Health Communications at the Moody School of Communications, UT Austin. In this role I work with 100+ clinicians, health communications researchers and other health leaders to solve complex communication problems in healthcare.
  • 2021 and 2222: listed alongside national figures like Actor Elliot Page and four star admiral assistant secretary for health Dr. Rachel Levine as an activist to follow by UK’s Pink News.
  • 2021: Worked with activists and affinity groups to stop 74/75 anti-lgbtq bills that were filed in the Texas Legislature. This work included testifying 5 times, 2 press conferences, 3 rallies and a significant amount of earned through seemingly countless interviews and quotes in news outlets. A profile piece from NBC is here.
  • 2021: Health Communication Coach for Healthcare Providers and Program Support for the Health Communications Think Tank at UT.
  • 2021: Admitted as a UT Nursing graduate student
  • 2020: Interim Pastor at Hope Georgetown
  • 2020: Partnership with UT Austin and Well Med to create patient facing advance care planning tools. A sample of these tools can be found here
  • 2020: Keynoted Utah Presbyterian Women’s Conference, focus on theology, public health and sacred justice.
  • 2019: Adjunct Professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary offered an experiential learning model that used a mix of classroom lectures and field placement with hospice teams
  • 2019: Launched and led daily small hospice team meetings so that hot spotting and pro-active interventions could be accomplished at a higher rate.
  • 2019: Partnered with UT Austin and Healthcare Chaplaincy to research advance care planning. Currently in data collection phase.
  • 2018: Built and ran www.texasmost.com for the Texas Medical Orders for Scope of Practice Coalition. Also, served as board member for coalition.
  • 2018: Joined UT and Dell Medical School Think Tank focused on health communication
  • 2018: Offered Grand Rounds Lecture for National Distribution on CHF and Spiritual Support.
  • 2017: Joined Texas Hospital Association and Texas Medical Associations joint workgroup on advance care planning.
  • 2012: Built the chaplain program at the Heart Hospital of Austin and retooled the Ethics Committee as part of a comprehensive healthcare communication and support plan.

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