Miriam grew up in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, MI. She moved to Grand Rapids in 2013 to join the artisan food scene, but the crystal waters of Northern Michigan quickly called her back home in 2015. She began her work with the Invasive Species Network in April of 2016.
Miriam received her ASA from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI in Freshwater Studies: Global Policy and Sustainability. She studied abroad in Costa Rica in Summer of 2013 at EARTH University, where she coordinated with local villages to conduct water quality analysis and interviews with local community members. She also worked with a team to construct and install a biodigester on a small family farm using mostly reclaimed, recycled and low-cost materials. This experience compelled her desire to create a career by combining Community Outreach and Environmental Stewardship.
Her role as Community Outreach Specialist at Metro Health Hospital involved coordinating two community garden projects. This called for management of resources, recruiting participants, engaging the public in educational workshops, coordinating volunteer schedules and working directly with City Officials and local nonprofits to ensure the success of the program. Miriam was also a contributing member of the Metro Health Green Team and Committee on Healthcare Equity.
Miriam is a trained chocolatier and an outdoor recreation enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found downhill skiing, biking, backpacking, and kayaking throughout Northern Michigan.