Ellen has been living in Northern Arizona since 1991. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a BA in art and biology, Ellen opened her own art studio creating handmade, functional, pieces inspired by the beauty of Northern Arizona and also worked as a field biologist. She is a leader of Flagstaff Roots and Shoots, Jane Goodall’s community service organization for children. Ellen can often be found leading kids in a variety of outdoor activities to benefit their local community. Her passion for the outdoors and healthy living has lead to her involvement in the "local food" movement.