I am queer and I am a health physicist.//
I have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Radiological Health Physics. I started my career as a Radiological Engineer at a National Laboratory site and my career progressed as I became a Certified Health Physicist (CHP) and then moved into managing a Radiological Engineering group. Most recently, I have moved to different National Lab where I manage a Radiation Measurements Lab.
I haven’t always felt comfortable with expressing my identity at work; being in a conservative area at the start of my career and being very focused on my career growth and how I thought I needed to present to be successful contributed to this. I am fortunate to now be at a point in my career and in a location where I no longer feel I need to hold two separate identities. As a manager, it is exciting to be in a position where I can contribute to building a more inclusive and diverse environment. I am also passionate about advocating for unrepresentative groups in STEM; diversity is key to innovation!
Outside of work, I am outside – camping, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, etc. with my two dogs.