City: Cedar Hills
The Journey Three years ago Emily started the HOPE Squad at Lone Peak High School. Now, there is a class period where students talk about mental health, suicide prevention and healthy living. Emily also works for HOPE 4 Utah (organization that started HOPE squads in Utah) as an advisor for the student leadership council and in a support role for Greg Hudnall, founder.
Mile Markers “Meeting my husband was a miraculous turn of events, followed by our attending grad school simultaneously, having two fabulous boys, and moving to Utah and into a neighborhood in which we thrived and formed lifelong friendships. I’ve written three novels with my co-writer and am pursuing publication, have become very involved in the lives of teenagers in my community, and am slowly checking off the worldwide destinations I’ve always dreamed of visiting.”
Road Blocks “I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s, a degenerative eye disease, as a young adult and my eyesight has worsened to the point I no longer hold a driver’s license. I walk to work (uphill both ways) and face the possibility of eventual total blindness.”
Must-Haves “I always carry my Kindle, a notebook and pen, Blistex, and Trident fresh mint gum.”
Vacation Destination “I adore England and feel like I was misdirected at birth. I’m drawn to green landscapes, charming accents, and layers of history.”