Abby attended Virginia Tech and earned both her bachelor’s, in Hospitality and Tourism, and her Masters, in Urban and Regional Planning. She focused on sustainable tourism and decided to Pursue a PhD at Purdue University following the completion of her masters.

Two years into her PhD studies, Abby decided that academia was not the best fit and traded in a life of research for a life of recreation and travel- literally! Abby currently works in Virginia within her county’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department and plans everything from basic recreation classes to full-day trips around the region. She continues to teach yoga on the side and is loving how she can connect daily with the community through fun events and programs.