I was born and raised in Castlegar, BC. Both of my parents are passionate teachers in the BC school system and have instilled in me a drive and value for academia, a love of the arts, and most importantly encouragement and support in all that I’ve chosen to do in my life!
At UBC, I was on the University Rowing Team for four years. My team finished second in the women’s eight competition at the 1999 Canadian University Championships in Ontario – the highlight of my athletic career!
I Completed a 1 year university Arts and Science Transfer program at Selkirk College and was the recipient of the Selkirk College Biology Scholarship. I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with focus on cell biology and genetics. After university I worked for four years at a private DNA testing laboratory in Vancouver. I performed DNA profiling that was primarily for use in legal paternity, kinship, and child custody cases. I also worked on cases for the Coroner’s office and police agencies.
I have been with the RCMP National Forensic Services Laboratory in Vancouver, BC, for over five years. I began as a Biology Analyst, where I generated DNA profiles from biological evidence from crime scenes. As a Reporting Scientist, I am responsible for the interpretation and reporting of DNA typing profiles, as well as for blood and body fluid testing. Providing expert witness testimony in the court system is also part of my job.
I was part of a team of RCMP lab members from across the country that set up the Analytical Unit at the National Centre of Forensic Sciences - Alberta.
I am the Treasurer of the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Society and work with the annual PMC Sierra Fun Run, which helps raise money to fund science fair programs across BC. I also volunteer my time with the Canadian Cancer Society.