This is my very very handsome puppy, Geitur (Jee-tur), named after my idol and hero, Derek Jeter. He is a reflection of me and I am a reflection of him. He and I go wherever we can together, especially on hikes. Living in the Southwest means lots of exploring and that is probably his most favorite thing to do (even more than playing with his b-a-l-l).


Travel Addict

I am fortunate enough to be in a profession where travel is mandated. Academic conferences take me across the country and all over the globe. For these these are opportunities to network with some of the brightest minds in the world, but also to absorb cultures that are different than the one I was raised in. I am so thankful for the luxury to see the world


Hugh’s Angels & Pickleball

While at ASU, my love for team sports eventually took over and I just had to put a softball team together. Twelve ASU grad students (all COM people) and a couple of significant others play on my slow pitch, co-ed softball team. We finished the year over .500 and had a blast!

Since moving to St. George means that there is absolutely no wiffleball at all (see below), I had to find another obscure sport to practice. Pickleball has been a great way to meet some super nice folks. The natural tennis player in me loves the game and I’m happy to say I’e even won a few medals!

Wiffleball & NY Sports

Believe it or not, there are highly competitive wiffleball leagues out there, and I was in one for about five years. I come from New Jersey and, naturally, gravitated toward New York Sports. I am a diehard Yankees fan, a Giants fan, and a Knicks fan. I love to talk, play, and watch sports.