A Texas-native, Emi grew up in New Braunfels, Texas, just outside of San Antonio. Emi began working at Schlitterbahn Waterparks in New Braunfels where she would eventually become an Operations Supervisor and Lifeguard Instructor for Ellis and Associates. Her time at Schlitterbahn was pivotal in developing her passion for operations, education, and service to others. While working at Schlitterbahn through the summer months, Emi attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. As part of her time at Southwestern, Emi studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, served as a legislative intern during the 2011 Texas Legislative Session, and as a legal assistant at a law firm in Dallas, Texas.
Upon graduation from Southwestern, Emi moved to San Antonio to become an Americorps Member and Volunteer for City Year San Antonio where she worked as a tutor, mentor, and role model for at-risk students in inner-city San Antonio. Following her time with City Year San Antonio, Emi worked with Teach for America San Antonio teaching 5th and 4th grade in the San Antonio Independent School District. After four years in the classroom, Emi decided to follow her passion for service and operations and joined the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society family.
Emi met her husband, Sean, in San Antonio, Texas. Emi and Sean enjoy spending time in the outdoors with their dog, Winston, and love to bring Winston along to as many 5k events as possible. In their spare time, Emi and Sean enjoy spending time with their families, traveling, and attending local events.
Both Emi and Sean are thrilled to be a part of the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society family and look forward to working to help increase awareness and provide support for friends, families, and self-advocates affected by chromosome 18 conditions.