I’m a mom of three, wonderful, adult children; younger sibling to the greatest sister one could ever have; a passable aunt; a decent friend; and a former daughter and granddaughter. I’m also a child of God and a stumbling steward of God’s creation and gifts. 

Currently I live in Newark, Ohio (USA) and in Beni, North Kivu (DRC). The reason for that is that for the past four years I’ve been on staff with Congo Initiative a Congolese-envisioned and Congolese-led, holistic effort to transform lives and communities in Congo.

Currently I am Director of Faculty Development and Bilingual Affairs at Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo, a core program of Congo Initiative. Education frames my professional experience. But the verse that my parents inscribed in my Bible when I was baptized as a twelve-year-old both anchors and challenges me daily: 

But what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Each day presents new lessons from that verse. I don’t expect to fully live it out. But I’m doing the best that I can.

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I never noticed the misspellings in the inscription until I saw them in this photo. It's just evidence of my preference for the big picture over the details! God is in both and more.