I was born in Mississippi but was raised in Milwaukee, WI. In 2004, I graduated from Messmer Catholic High School, which is on the near East Side of Milwaukee. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a degree in Public Relations in 2008. In 2010, I received my master’s degree in Health and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa. In the Spring of 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. I currently teach in the Recreation, Sport and Wellness department at Gordon College. My current research interests include the “Decline” of African-Americans in major league baseball, leisure constraints theory and environmental sustainability in sport facilities. I am currently examining major league baseball scouts’ perceptions of the decline of African-Americans in baseball. In the classroom, I love to engage students with twitter, blogs and videocasting. I am a lover of art, southern delicacies and a stimulating conversation about anything of consequence. In my leisure time, I like to collect 33 1/3 records (vinyl), and read about the humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.