I am a historian and genealogist from West Virginia who is an active member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS). I earned my Master of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Since then, my primary areas of focus have included Appalachia, Environmental History, and 19th/20th century American History.
I am also the founder of Bridging History, a historic and genealogical research service specializing in the Mid-Ohio Valley and Metro Valley regions of West Virginia along with Boyd and Greenup Counties in Kentucky.
My thesis work, focusing on Appalachia, took a fresh approach to the evolution of the Mid-Ohio Valley region. In my thesis, I argue that after federal intervention by the Roosevelt Administration, West Virginia was able to finally break free from the burdens created by a robber baron mentality and the Great Depression to become a reliable and sought after war-time partner to the federal government during World War II.
Additionally, having over 25 years experience in the medical laboratory sciences gives me a unique perspective to Environmental History, particularly in the area of disease and public health. In my most recent work, I used techniques common in modern epidemiology to show that a single cryptic entry of a “plague” in my community was most likely an outbreak of tuberculosis instead of an illness unique to the region as the original early 20th century author had surmised.
I am passionate about educating rural West Virginia students, and I am experienced in both classroom and in distance eduction at the college level. I am certificated and experienced in Quality Matters with both "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" and "Improving Your Online Course."
I am also fortunate to be a lesson writer for the internationally acclaimed Study.com based out of Mountain View, California.