Lyz is a passionate educator and writer at heart. She believes in the healing power of storytelling and the importance of community for support. Professionally, she works in the field of public health supporting American Indian and Native Alaskan health initiatives. Research interests include culture and it's influences on health behavior, health outcomes and access to healthcare. She was widowed without warning at thirty-one with a three month old daughter to care for. She is a volunteer grief mentor and has published a memoir, Your Fathers Voice: Letters for Emmy. She has written for Runners World, The New Yorker, and guest blogs.