Birthplace: Huntsville, AL
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Florida State University with minors in Mathematics and Communications
Current Position/Job Duties: Currently doing weather forecasts for weekend evening shows at 6pm and 11pm along with filling in for the chief meteorologist and weekday morning meteorologist positions. You can also catch me on News 5 at Noon.
Previous Work Experience: KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas, WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama and KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth
Joined News 5: September 10, 2018
Most Memorable Stories: I’ve covered numerous severe weather outbreaks in Alabama and Texas. While working in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas on December 26th, 2015, I covered a deadly tornado outbreak that kept me on the air with wall-to-wall severe weather coverage for over 8 hours!
I also covered a major snow and ice storm in Dallas back in February 2011 that crippled the city. The timing was significant because it happened during Super Bowl week being held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
My family has been hit twice by major tornadoes. The first was back in 1995 on May 18th during the afternoon. A F-4 tornado with winds over 200 mph ripped through my family’s neighborhood, destroying our home. My parents were hit again by an EF-4 tornado during the super tornado outbreak of April 27th, 2011 that once again destroyed their home.
Awards/Honors: In 2008, I completed the requirements to earn the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society. This is one of the highest honors a broadcast meteorologist can attain. I am AMS CBM Sealholder #294.
Role Model: My parents because they dedicated their lives to working hard and instilling morals, values and character in my sister and I
Favorite Sports Teams: I really like watching basketball and have been a Cleveland Cavaliers fan for years but I can’t wait to make it out to a Browns and Indians game!
Favorite Music: I like all types of music but my favorite is probably Latin. When I hear it, I always feel like salsa dancing!
Favorite Movie: My all-time favorite movie is The Matrix. There are so many incredible layers to this movie that you can uncover and so many interpretations. I’ve watched it so much, I have many of the more popular lines memorized!
Favorite Food: I love seafood, especially grilled salmon, shrimp and crabcakes
Family: I have an older sister who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. My parents live in Alabama.
Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy staying active and frequently work out at the gym. I love power yoga and barre classes along with pilates. I also love to dance and have taken some classes through the years, including ballet, jazz, modern and even Irish step dance. I’ve most recently discovered a passion for figure skating and competed in my first figure skating competition in May of 2018. I also enjoy reading, spending time with my family and watching movies.
You're most likely to see me around town at: One of the Metroparks, a yoga studio, working out at the gym, or at one of the local ice skating rinks
Hidden Talents: Many people don’t know that I like to dance and figure skate. I actually performed with a ballet company while working in Beaumont and did a ballet solo en pointe. I also love learning new figure skating spins and jumps. I’m working on the scratch, sit and camel spins. I have most of my single jumps but I still haven’t mastered the single axel…it may be awhile before that happens, Lol.
Something most people don't know about me: I competed in the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant and also won Miss Florida State University while a senior at Florida State. I then went on to compete in the Miss Florida pageant and performed a jazz dance performance that included a weather forecast at the beginning!
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: I’m just getting to know the area, but I’m excited to explore the city and get to know the people of Cleveland and visit many of the great attractions. I also can’t wait to check out a Browns, Cavaliers and Indians game!