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I am a Coloradan New England transplant, a hiker of mountains, a spiritual humanist, a registered nurse and public health enthusiast who spends her life enjoying the company of those around me, standing in awe of the natural world, and seeking joy in the unanswerable questions of life, the universe, and everything.

I hope this little corner of the internet will be a space where I can log my inter-web and inter-continental wanderings and wonderings as they pertain to my experiences, my reflections, and my multimedia musings.

Happy reading and wondering.

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I am a registered nurse and adventurer whose hometown and heart will always reside in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I have worked as a postpartum nurse in Colorado Springs and now Boston where I am concluding my master’s degree in public health.

When I am not up all night with newborns and their families, I seek out the wilderness: taking advantage of my hometown front-row seat to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and my new New England backyard. Living at the foot of Pikes Peak since childhood has cultivated a deep appreciation for outdoor activities like hiking 14,000-foot mountains, backpacking, rock climbing, and running. My summer as a river rafting guide, a 2014 trek through the Swiss Alps, and a 2017 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro helped stoke a passion for travel and an interest in understanding diverse cultural healthcare issues.

Growing up Mennonite in the mountain west meant being the odd one out most of the time. My faith community at Beth-El Mennonite Church cultivated a desire to engage in the broader Mennonite Church. And my work as a Wilderness Director, Program Director, and youth counselor for many summers at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp fueled that desire to engage with this unique and challenging faith community. Attending Goshen College, traveling to Tanzania for my Study-Service Term, and taking on church leadership upon returning to Beth-El solidified my appreciation for Anabaptists values of peacemaking, community, and a social justice focused spirituality.

My work as a nurse, my travels back to Tanzania in 2016, my current Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship board leadership, and my 2018 fellowship with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts are all experiences that continue to drive me to pursue my passion for reproductive and sexual health. My master’s studies are equipping me with skills in community assessment, program development, implementation, and evaluation so that I can work to address complex issues of sexual health promotion and education in a variety of contexts.

I don’t know what my future and my career look like quite yet. But I am so thankful to be surrounded by people who support my exploration of possibilities both personal and professional.

One thought on “Bio

  1. Rachel Goossen

    Thanks for writing, Indy! Thinking of you in these final hectic & exciting weeks of saying goodbyes in Colorado, anticipating life in Tanzania, and readying yourself for some true adventures. Looking forward to both your musings and your photos! –Rachel

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