Helen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in International Relations. She has been active in short term missions (UMVIM) since 1999. As a member of New Hope United Methodist on the Rappahannock River District in the Virginia United Methodist Conference, Helen has served as Chair of Trustees and has been a member of the Finance and Administrative Council. She has also served as a member of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR), the Rappahannock River District Board of Connectional Ministries, and has been a member of the Conference Communications Board. Helen has worked for the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and was the preliminary editor for Bishop Sharma D. Lewis’ 2020 Lenten devotional book. Helen has always loved being near the water and the Atlantic Ocean is one of her favorite places to spend time. She is passionate about the conservation of such a precious piece of creation and the haven of biodiversity that the ocean provides. Helen enjoys being out in nature, growing her many houseplants, gardening, and reading spy novels.