I am a scientist contracted with the U.S Navy, working with the Naval Medical Research Unit —Dayton at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio. The research that I do will help improve the safety, health and overall preparedness of our soldiers as they defend our country. I received my Bachelors degree from Wrightstate University where I discovered my passion for both science and women’s empowerment.
I envision myself as a scientist, scholar, and advocate; therefore I am amplifying my activism and pursued a Masters degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. I campaign for women to become advocates of their own success through hosting workshops on confidence building, promoting volunteerism, and speaking with women at a grass roots level about their transformative role in community. I’m accomplishing this as the chairperson for the Women in the NAACP Dayton chapter, through my program Ohio Girls LEAD, by addressing gender inequities, and even launching my own campaign to bring awareness to obstructive emotional and mental poverties that plague many vulnerable communities. With a strong scientific background, I wish to continue my work with women and underserved communities using evidence based strategies for facilitating social change by working with community leaders across the many disciplines that affect these outcomes. As a lifelong Ohioan and I’ve lived all over the state! Although I am Miss for America, my favorite title is being “Aunt Kaye” to my three nieces.
When I’m not working, I love my “girl nights” with my best friends of over 15 years. I enjoy reading, listening to music, shopping, museums, and traveling. I’m a festival loving thrill seeker, so I’m always up for trying new things in strange places. My ultimate goal is to use my blessings to give back to communities all over the country and influence the next generation of leaders to stand up, cement themselves and advocate for the things that they believe in, regardless of obstacles they may encounter. It is my goal to help mold our girls into women of vision and action in the state of Ohio and nationwide.