Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be a meteorologist. When I was a child, I was afraid of "bad" weather. I spent my summers in Louisiana where there were wicked electrical storms. I didn't like the "sparkle" of lightning nor the "boom" of thunder. While driving from my grandmother's house to my great-grandparents house, I would get on the floorboard of our sunshine yellow 1976 Chrysler and crouch down to hide from the lightning.

Perhaps a way for me to overcome that fear has been forecasting weather in the Central Valley for nearly two decades. Now, I find weather patterns to be one of the most intricate and marvelous phenomenon of nature. Before assuming my current role as the weekend meteorologist here at ABC10, I worked as a reporter and weather forecaster for another Sacramento television station. It was there when I decided to study meteorology. I commuted everyday from Sacramento to San Francisco State University and completed a broadcast meteorology program. And I did this 11 years after I received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Since being in the Sacramento region since 1996, I have developed great relationships with organizations that want to improve the lives of children. I served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento. I also work with the young people at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Youth Summit. I want to empower young people with the confidence that they can achieve their goals as long as they work hard, stay focused and stay persistent.

When I'm not busy with your forecasts, I'm spending time with my three boys and their dogs Patches, Nick and Lil Dog Emma!

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