I worked in the financial arena all of my adult life until May of 2001 when I received my AS degree in General Science from Bergen Community College and was accepted in to the School of General Studies at Columbia University. I have been an Earth and Space Explainer at the American Museum of Natural History since 2000 and also serve as the stage manager for the Isaac Asimov debate. I am fortunate enough to be a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and have participated in the Ambassador program since 2003. I received my BS degree in Environmental Biology, Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University in 2006 and would like to continue my education in the area of Geophysics focusing on extremophile research. It is my hope that I will continue to be afforded opportunities that will allow me to motivate individuals to participate in and be inspired by science.