Ann grew up in Columbia, Missouri, where she enjoyed horseback riding, playing and listening to music, and volunteering with community organizations. Ann majored in Biology and minored in Art History at Earlham College. During college, Ann had attended an interdisciplinary program in Tanzania, studying subjects from the Biology and Behavior of African Animals to Cultures of Tanzania, and Human Demography and Sustainability. She lived with local families from the Mgeta in the Uluguru Mountains to a small Maasai village in Northern Tanzania. Ann gained a passion for international conservation and cross-cultural understanding through youth and science education. Ann loves that through her work at EPI, she gets to help give more youth these life changing opportunities as well. Outside of work, Ann enjoys running and hiking Montana trails with her dog Huck, playing in her garden, and planning her next home improvement projects.