As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved storytelling and self expression: writing, drawing, telling jokes and stories, playing with words. In first grade, my prize-winning painting was hung in the principal’s office. In fourth grade, I wrote poems and read them aloud to the class (it wasn’t an assignment, I just did it). I always did well on spelling tests.
This love has informed my education and career path. I went to college for Mass Communications and minored in Speech Communication. Later, I went back for a master’s in Public Relations. I worked in communications, marketing, and fundraising for fifteen years. In the evenings and weekends, I’ve done improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up, starting in the 2010s in St. Louis.
Now, as a comedian, author (in progress), and business owner, I use my communication skills to make people laugh and to make the world a more just and compassionate place. Or at least my little corner of the globe.*
–> I perform stand-up comedy and I’m working on a podcast with my comedy wife, Lauren Vemuri.
–> I’m writing a book about my soulmate, a dog named Dakota, who passed away in June 2020.
–> Through my business, On The Nose, LLC, I help people communicate more clearly and persuasively.
* “Globes don’t have corners.” – Will Bailey, The West Wing