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I am a lecturer and researcher specializing in Crime Analysis and Mapping using GIS but also with extensive teaching, production and project management experience in Cartography. I serve as a research analyst and community outreach specialist for the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, where I make use of police, sheriff, corrections, school, social, health, and juvenile justice data, plus interviews, and site visits with community residents and non-profit organizations to study root causes of juvenile delinquency and to recommend, write grants for, and evaluate intervention and prevention strategies from culture, gender and faith-relevant perspectives. I have a heart for service to the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency, with special compassion for those youth who find themselves most marginalized and disenfranchised from school, community, peers and society at large, and those who are system-involved. In this light, I have established the Youth Leadership Academy, a grant funded youth empowerment initiative that prepares young people with the practical skills to become productive, self-fulfilled and achievement-oriented adults and community leaders.
I have an MA in Cartography (Geography) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a total of 18 years experience in university teaching, training and project management. Nine of those years were overseas in Kenya and in Papua New Guinea where I developed a keen sense for the integral roles that culture and faith play in children’s healthy development and in the sustenance of community as a whole.