I am a part-time drug user, full-time drug checker, and all around harm reductionist. My journey began with volunteering for The Chicago Recovery Alliance before working as a technician for the first SSP-based drug checking programs in the US, under the tutelage of its architects. I now hold the position of Drug Checking Program Manager & Senior Technician, and I am dedicated to expanding drug checking services through training technicians and/or apprenticeship. I also provide knowledge and information on trends within the drug supply and validation of immunoassay test strips across Chicagoland and greater Illinois. I am direct in my opposition towards stigma of any kind and aim to build up and support those engaging in any and all substance use, no matter the cause. In addition to my role in Chicago, I work for Remedy Alliance FTP as a Technician Trainer/Program Implementation Advisor to assist with the expansion of drug checking across the US. I am also a contractor for DanceSafe, where I provide festival-based FTIR drug checking services. Additionally, I am an organizer with the Alliance for Collaborative Drug Checking. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia College Chicago, with significant contributions from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Notably, my essay in fifth grade for the D.A.R.E Essay Contest was chosen as the best. I find some sweet irony in that, as I now enjoy moments of substance, occasionally on substance. Jokes aside, I enjoy hiking the Great Lakes with my dog Maverick, dancing, going on road trips to explore new places, and meeting fellow harm reductionists to help crush stigma.