I am an interdisciplinary lecturer and scholar, serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Sociology at California State University, East Bay. Prior to CSU East Bay, I served in various visiting positions at CSU Chico, Georgia State University, and Texas A&M University. Not only do I call the San Francisco Bay Area home, but I am also a former student of the CSU System.


I earned my B.S. (2008) and M.S. (2010) degrees in kinesiology at CSU East Bay. I earned my Ph.D. (2014) in sociology at Texas A&M University.

My interdisciplinary academic background has led to my success working inside and outside of academia. My kinesiology education has aided my successful journey working in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, fitness and club manager, as well as collegiate experience as an assistant track and field coach. My sociology education gave me a broader understanding of health and what it means to different people, communities, and society as a whole. Whether for physical, mental, social, and spiritual objectives or diversity, equality, and social justice concerns, my education equipped me to reach and teach more individuals the importance of healthy living.

My personal and professional experiences illuminated a realization that many social problems exist throughout society. I wanted to use these experiences and my education to highlight and change these social injustices. It seems fitting that the academic context is the best place to promote change, given this is where many of our future leaders reside. Through my primary academic strengths and interests, as a researcher and lecturer viewing and analyzing society through a critical social justice lens, I strive to shed light on social issues and inspire others to contribute to social change.

While much of my professional time is spent teaching and conducting research, I do  continue to change lives as an Online Personal Trainer. If you don’t take care of your body where are you going to live?