I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, and I have the great joy of living in Chapel Hill-Carrboro area in North Carolina for the last (almost) 20 years. Growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey and Portland, Oregon, I was soon off and running around the globe, living or visiting countries as far away as Cambodia, Thailand, and Kenya, to visiting almost all 50 states of the United States.
Along with my travels, I accumulated various undergraduate and graduate degrees, raised two children, been in a partnered relationship for the last fifteen years, worked in several colleges and universities, as well as churches and other non-profit institutions.
I am a garrulous and inquisitive student of life as well as a teacher. It is this spirit that has inspired me to study and graduate from the University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in music education and music therapy, an M.Div. degree from Princeton Seminary; a Th.M. degree from Harvard University, to a Ph.D. in special education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Since completing my doctorate, I taught at Whitworth University; University of South Florida; been adjunct faculty with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; North Carolina State University; and was Assistant Professor at Duke University for over a decade. I am currently a Visiting Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University.
My first article was published in a national church publication when I was twenty-five years old: I’ve been writing and continued to be published ever since. I am always in the process of finishing one writing project while beginning two or three more, be it a book, an article, essay, or a sermon. From my first book, God Plays Piano Too: The Spiritual Life of Children with Disabilities, to my latest book, Beyond Accessibility: Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Faith Communities, I’ve written on a range of other topics as well, from Christian religious education theory and pilgrimage, to gay parenting and disability issues.