About me

I’m a Michigander living in the Los Angeles area. My journey into data science was winding. In my undergraduate degree, I studied medical anthropology and spent most of my time writing poetry and fiction. During that time, I worked as a writing tutor and as a substitute teacher.

I started my public health career after the Great Recession. I served in AmeriCorps for two years, working at federally-qualified health centers in Michigan and New York City. There, I got a taste for working with health data. While living in Brooklyn and working at the Institute for Family Health, I completed a Masters of Public Health degree, focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics.

It was when I moved to Los Angeles to start my Ph.D. that I got particularly interested in R. Now, I spend a lot of my time contributing to open-source software, supporting community R events in Southern California, and working on my Ph.D. I love my wife and my cats, as well as many other things, like kung fu, tai chi, yoga, reading and writing poetry, and the cats of other people. I spend a lot of my time at the Zen Center of New York City and Zen Mountain Monastery.

The photographs on this website were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

Public Health and Data Science Experience

 
 
 
 
 

R Markdown Intern

RStudio

Jun 2019 – Aug 2019 Los Angeles, CA
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

University of Southern California

Aug 2015 – Present Los Angeles, CA
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care
Institute for Family Health

Jan 2014 – Aug 2015 New York, NY
 
 
 
 
 

Diabetes Prevention Coordinator

AmeriCorps
Institute for Family Health

Sep 2013 – Aug 2014 New York, NY
 
 
 
 
 

Vision Care Associate

AmeriCorps
Institute for Family Health

Sep 2012 – Aug 2013 Grand Rapids, MI

R Community Work

RStudio Certified Instructor

Organizer, SatRday SoCal 2020

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