What is your “day” job?
I run a non-profit conservation organization called Naturaland Trust, www.naturalandtrust.org. We protect ecologically important areas in Upstate South Carolina through land conservation.
What NANPA committees have you served on, when and what positions?
I currently serve on the High School Scholarship Committee as the chair.
What was it about this committee that interested you?
My first introduction to NANPA was through the scholarship program. I was an 18-year-old student, and it forever changed my career goals. Now, leading the committee, I’m able to develop a program that leverages the knowledge of its members and gives the students an experience they’ll never forget. I love teaching, and this is a perfect outlet.
What are the responsibilities you assumed?
We develop a week-long program for students at the NANPA summit.
What are your greatest accomplishments or the highlights thus far of what you have done for NANPA?
Leading the last High School Scholarship Program in Jacksonville was probably my most notable accomplishment.
Also, while teaching photography to kids in Honduras, I was able to help one of my students come to the 2008 NANPA Summit in Destin, Florida, where I served as his translator. Still today, he talks of this trip as a major milestone in his life.
How long have you been a NANPA member?
Do you have a goal as it pertains to the High School Scholarship Committee?
My goal is to train the next generation of photographers and provide them with the same network and skills that have contributed to my professional career.