I’ve been a working tea professional for 20 years and my career is centered in tea training and education, which is unique for my field.

Here’s a little peek at where I’ve been in that time…

Current work + projects

BEING TEA, Founder (2015 – Current)
Online tea education classes + membership community; Teacher Training program; Private training engagements

View my Press + Published Works, featuring Being Tea in articles, interviews, and podcasts

WINNER: Best Tea Educator, World Tea Awards (2018)

Recent clients and engagements include:

CHICAGO (my home city)
I Grow Chicago
UIC (Critical Care initiative)
Tejas Yoga
Inner Sense Healing Arts
Room to Breathe

Meta / Facebook
Harvard Divinity School
Duke University
Florida State University

Frequent workshop presenter and speaker at:

World Tea Expo 

Northwest Tea Festival (Seattle, WA)

PDX Tea Fest (Portland, OR)

Midwest Tea Festival (Kansas City, MO)

NY Coffee & Tea Festival (Brooklyn, NYC)

Chicago International Tea Festival (Chicago, IL)

    Previous work experience + projects

    Tea companies I’ve worked for:

    Paper & Tea | Director Tea Procurement & Training
    Feb 2015 – Dec 2016

    Rishi Tea | Director of Education & Brand Strategist
    Jan 2012 – Dec 2014

    Adagio Teas | Training & Education Director
    Aug 2010 – Jan 2012

    Peet’s Coffee & Tea | Field Trainer; Barista Trainer
    Oct 2003 – Aug 2010

    Tea industry organizations I’ve been a part of:

    Tea Masters Cup International | Certified National Judge, USA (2019 cycle)

    American Specialty Tea Alliance | Deputy Executive Director, Co-Founder (2018 – 2020)

    Tea Journey Magazine | Education Director, Founding staff member, Contributor (June 2016)

    World Tea Academy | Curriculum contributor, Advisory Board member, guest instructor (2013 – 2018)

    Specialty Tea Institute | Instructor, Board of Directors (2006 – 2013)

    Global Tea Championship | Judge, senior advisor (2008 – 2018)

    Invited speaker and guest for conferences in:

    Hanoi, Vietnam (2019)

    Shenzhen, China (2019)

    Krakow, Poland (2016)

    Seoul, Korea (2013)

    View my complete profile on LinkedIn

    Non-tea work experience and studies

    Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga + Meditation Teacher | 200-hr+ YTT
    Training through Room to Breathe Psychotherapy and Yoga (2018 -2019)

    Journalism and Television Production
    Broadcast News Producer and Assoc. Producer (Jul 1999 – Oct 2003)
    KVVU (Las Vegas, NV) and KOIN (Portland, OR)

    You can work with me, too!
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    Small tea business owners

    Corporate and employee wellness

    Community organizations

    Healthcare / integrative medicine

    Coffee roasters and baristas

    Tea wholesale / importers

    University events and clubs

    Hospitality and culinary

    Product development and technology

    You could benefit from working with Being Tea!

    Get in touch with me below and let’s chat.