The successes of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are largely due to its dedicated employees who are passionate about their work. Our “Getting to Know SAFHS” series highlights some of our talented faculty and staff and lets you know a little more about them.
What is your job role at UAPB?
As small impoundment Extension specialist, I train and assist county Extension agents with private pond and lake-related issues, teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at UAPB and coach the UAPB Fishing Team.
Where is your hometown?
Where did you go to college?
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Range Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Texas Tech University in 2010 and my master’s degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from UAPB in 2012.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to talk about fish all the time, and everyone in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries has been endlessly supportive since the day I arrived.
Describe your career before you came to UAPB.
My first “grown-up” job was here at UAPB. Before that, I considered my education to be my career. My goal each semester, even though I rarely achieved it, was to finish with a 4.0 GPA. I worked as hard as I could, because I knew the effort would eventually lead to a job that I truly enjoyed. I worked for the biology department to gain lab experience, helped graduate students with their research to gain field experience and earned internships at fish hatcheries to gain work experience in order to be competitive in a very small, niche profession.
If you weren’t working at UAPB, what would your dream job be?
I’d enjoy pond and lake management through a private consulting group.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I fish competitive bass tournaments seriously and although I’m not much of a hunter, I also enjoy 3D archery tournaments casually.
Do you have a favorite movie or book?
My favorite books are part of a newly released series called “Red Rising.” The trilogy is about a futuristic society built upon classes and the struggle of a small resistance trying to infiltrate and topple the society from within. The vivid imagery, character development and complex plot make this a really fun series to read.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
New Zealand. It seems to have a great deal of pretty landscapes. There’s not much of that in East Texas or Southern Arkansas, where I have spent most of my life.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I tend to set more modest, intermediate goals rather than flashy, exciting life goals. I am currently focusing on paying off student loans and freeing myself up to be more financially flexible for life’s inevitable challenges down the road.
Who is your hero?
My dad. He served in the Navy and served over 30 years as a firefighter in Texarkana, TX.