Liz is from Chicago but attended college downstate at Illinois State University. She studied print and editorial journalism and developed very minor fame for a weekly column she wrote for the university's newspaper. After college she relocated to Oregon on six days notice for a position with a new AmeriCorps program in southern Oregon. Two years later she moved abroad to try her hand at teaching English in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Upon returning stateside she followed her heart to Austin which she now calls home. She works at LifeWorks as a Certified Prevention Specialist, working to introduce social skills to children to combat the risks of substance abuse and violence. She likes to slowly jog on the hike and bike trail, jump into natural pools of water from rocks and eat food while outside. In her free time she is practicing improv comedy, writing letters the old-fashioned way and trying to explore parts of the city she hasn't seen. Her aunt took extra time to spend with her growing up and being around that different personality really helped shape her. She wants to mentor because she wasn't exposed to things like camping and rock climbing until early adulthood and thinks that if young people get the chance, they too will fall in love with outdoor adventures!