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B.A. in Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, 1978
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2007

Current Position:
Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I felt I needed a better perspective on all of the issues affecting wildlife and a better approach to advocacy within those cases. It was the broad curriculum base that attracted me.

In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your career?
In every way! One of the things about the MAPP program was the comprehensive approach to animal welfare and protection. I find the training and education I received invaluable from reviewing everything I read with a more critical eye and using all the skills I learned to prepare all of my written material.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My project was about the interplay between animal control officers and coyotes in Massachusetts. The whole idea started with a nod towards my undergraduate degree in journalism in that I was reading news stories about human-animal conflict and wondering about the language. That review led me to the particular interaction between ACOs and wildlife and what that meant for the community at large. I had a wonderful mentor in Dr. Thomas French from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

What did you like most about the MAPP program?
There was not really just one thing. I loved the entire program — enjoyed the professors and their guidance; loved the opportunity to sit, discuss, and learn about animals. I’m such a nerd – I loved the library. Still do.

What are your outside interests?
My animals are a big part of my life. I have ridden competitively for many years. I love to read, play the piano and travel.

Number of pets? What?
Two miniature dachshunds – both rescues – one was abandoned in a park and the other recovered at a hoarding house. One Irish Sport Horse – I went to Ireland to ride and fell in love with the country and the breed. He’s now 25 years old!

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
The beauty of the MAPP program, I think, is its ability to assist you in finding your way to your career in any aspect of animal welfare and protection. Take advantage of all of it!

MAPP Capstone Research Project: “Allegory of Want” Coyotes, Conflict, and Animal Control Officers in Massachusetts.

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