Danyel first studied fine art and product design, then received her Bachelor’s degree in International Ecotourism from Oregon State University. She later served two terms with AmeriCorps, focusing on environmental education, community organization, and program administration. Her past five years were spent in Southwest Colorado teaching, managing a team of AmeriCorps, and leading the design and installation of educational gardens and heritage orchards. Danyel is looking forward to refining her design techniques while continuing to explore projects that prioritize community involvement. Her main areas of interest are in placemaking, social justice, catharsis, and resource conservation.