I was born in Del Rio, Texas, and grew up an Air Force brat (a brat is euphemism for a child whose parent is in the military). I graduated from St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I received a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1998, and a master of arts in philosophy from Western Michigan University in 2003. I received a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley in 2009. I am a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Before law school, I was a union representative for the Transport Workers Union at my worksite at the Colorado Springs Airport, and a grievance committee member of the Comstock Bus Drivers' Association. During law school, I volunteered for Dean Miller's free legal clinic at Degage' Ministries in Grand Rapids, and also volunteered at the Legal Assistance Center located in the Kent County Courthouse. My externship was with the Legal Aid of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. I volunteer at the free legal clinic at the Douglas Community Center.

I was born hard of hearing in my right ear and deaf in my left. I do understand American Sign Language though it is not my primary means to communicate. English is my primary language.

I have a belief in helping employees find solutions to their difficulties and help employees excerise their right to collectively bargain. I have practiced employment and labor law since 2009 as well as tenant defense, collections defense, unemployment benefits appeals, and constitutional law.