What makes me unique
During my mid-twenties, I was a freelance website developer and part-time PADI certified scuba dive instructor, using my skills and the ability to work remotely to travel the world. During that time, I lived on the Fiji Islands at a remote, family-operated dive resort, as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. I also spent time volunteering for a non-profit organization in Uganda.
Before my travels abroad, I was a full-time employee at a startup engineering firm in McKinney, Texas. The firm designed and built long-term data storage machines. I was in charge of creating the company’s website, developing marketing materials, performing on-site customer support, building and testing the physical machines, and giving demonstrations for potential customers and investors at their office and at trade shows.
What makes me proud
In my free time, I am a youth ice hockey coach at a local rink owned by the Dallas Stars. I coach and mentor children ages 3 to 16 and am most proud when I can teach them about hard work and perseverance. Being a positive role model is very important to me and I work hard every time I step on the ice to be patient with their development as players and as human beings. But – I also push them to do the right thing, especially when no one is watching. Developing their character is my ultimate goal.
Nuts and bolts
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
- Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas