Originally from northern Connecticut, I have a BA in advertising from Marist College, an MA in communication from Illinois State University, and a PhD in communication studies from North Dakota State University. I thoroughly enjoy exposing students to the broad discipline of communication studies and explaining how it relates to their everyday lives. I teach an assortment of communication studies courses such as public speaking, principles of interviewing, communication theory, communication research methods, family communication, intercultural communication, and organizational communication. My research interests include family communication with family businesses and how family communication affects the development and maintenance of family relationships. In my free time, I enjoy reading, biking, sewing, and cooking/baking. I have an almost-three-year-old Yorkie puppy, who rules our home in Columbus.