It is an incredible honor for me to be nominated for assistant secretary of the National Flute Association, and I humbly accept this nomination. From my first convention as a student in 1991—where I was stunned to quite
literally run into Jean-Pierre Rampal as he came out of an elevator, and where I soaked up every concert, masterclass, and workshop I could—to now, I have seen the influence and support of the National Flute Association on young students, professionals,
and amateurs grow by leaps and bounds. As coordinator of the Flute Society of Washington’s Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir and member of the convention planning committee, I have seen the positive effect a well-run flute organization can
have on its community. I am now a professional flutist, studio teacher, and faculty member at Shenandoah Conservatory, where I am privileged to mentor the artists and teachers of tomorrow. In my own, somewhat rural area, I support young musicians
and adult amateurs in furthering their artistry. I also work with many local band directors to create flute workshop experiences for their students in an effort to reach students who may not have the resources for private lessons. Service to my local
community is important to me, and I have served on the board of the Blue Ridge Junior Cotillion, an organization that aims to teach social skills to better enable preteens to manage their professional and personal lives, and I serve on the Parent-Teacher-Student-Organization
executive board of John Handley High School, a privately endowed public high school. I am an advisor to the Shenandoah Conservatory Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. I believe in arts education experiences for all. I relish the opportunity to give back
to my larger flute community by serving as assistant secretary of the National Flute Association.