Who I am
I seek ways to engage with people in ways that make sense to them — not just me!
I use stories and word pictures to illustrate ideas that are important and often difficult to understand.
I am a mom, a partner, an administrator, a professor, a runner, a traveler, a reader, a lover of intentional community, and a woman committed to social justice, reconciliation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. I grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. I am a product of the special people in my life. My grandmother was a wise and powerful woman and from her I learned about the power of laughter, taking care of the environment, and cherishing the family around you. From my mother I learned that women must use their voice for change, the value of being on time, and the importance of gathering friends together. From my father I learned that there is always more to learn, that it is important to read, read, and read again, and that all of us are created in God’s image. And from my little brother I learned the art of relaxing and taking time to talk about deep and meaningful things.
I did my undergraduate work at Western Washington University majoring in psychology and sociology. There, I was mentored by an amazing sociologist who inspired me to pursue a PhD in sociology! My undergraduate years were foundational for me as I grew as a person and discovered that I had a "voice" worthy of being heard. I met an amazing man named Jeff while at Western and we were married in 1996! Jeff Hulbert is the love of my life and my very best friend in the world. In 1996 we moved to Albany, New York where I began my doctoral work in sociology. A few years down the road we had two amazing little boys — Caleb and Aidan. As a young family in New York, we had a blast and travelled the east coast with friends and family. My first job was at George Fox University in Newberg, OR where I began my career as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Jeff was a high school teacher and our little boys were busy in school, sports, running around and keeping their parents up at night! Now, nearly 22 years after getting married, Jeff and I and the boys have made a new life in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Jeff and I both work at Western Colorado University — he as a professor in Education and me as an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Our boys are in high school and we love our sweet little town of Gunnison, Colorado. God continues to show his love and kindness to our family and I am so excited to see where the Lord takes us next.