I believe sports can change the world and love helping the next generation of sports managers find their own passion in the business of sport. I believe deeply in experiential learning and hope to break down barriers between the industry and the academy. With my research, I like to focus on the positives of sport in Native communities and look to work with Native communities to use sport as a path to success. I also advocate for alternative methods of sharing research such as documentary film and podcasting.
I am originally from the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina and a proud member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. I grew up with a love for sports and realized early on how it could foster a strong sense of community on the Rez. I have always been passionate about education and attended the University of Tennessee (BS) and the University of Central Florida (MBA/MBSM). I was lucky enough to study under Dr. Richard Lapchick, Dr. William Sutton and Dr. Keith Harrison, who all further instilled the power of sport for social good.
I am so excited to start my academic career as a Sport Management professor at Linfield College. Prior to completing my doctorate studies at the University of Tennessee, I worked at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Nike N7, and Wieden+Kennedy. I gained valuable marketing experience and became well-versed in the production of advertising and documentary content. I am very passionate about storytelling and incorporated a documentary into my dissertation. I think it's important for Natives to tell our own stories and make our success visible to the world. We're still here.
Sgi! / Thank you!