I grew up in Albuquerque and moved to Texas to attend McMurry University in Abilene. After graduating from McMurry, I worked for the City of Abilene Water Department Environmental Laboratory as a Laboratory Tech II for 2 years. After spending years analyzing water samples, I wanted to learn more about the story of the water samples before and after I saw them in the lab. I was accpeted into the Masters of Water Resources program at the University of New Mexico and moved back to Albuquerque. I was hired as an intern for the New Mexico Environment Department in 2004 and spent 2 months as an intern before being hired as a full-time TMDL writer. I completed my Masters degree in 2005, took on the role of TMDL Coordinator in 2006, and have been the TMDL and Assessment Team Leader since 2011. I currently manage the TMDL program for the State of New Mexico, supervise a team of 3 water quality scientists, and manage the Federal Clean Water Act 604(b) grant for the State.