My dad worked on earth resource satellites and systems for the Apollo program. At six months old, my parents propped me in front of the TV to watch the Faith-7 Mercury launch, and I didn't miss a subsequent televised launch until well into the space shuttle program. In fourth grade, "A Wrinkle in Time" inspired me to become an astrophysicist. I received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at New Mexico Tech using the VLA. I obtained my Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and then moved on to Post-Doc and research faculty positions at the University of Arizona. I joined Space Science Institute in 2002, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in 2010. I have mild Cerebral Palsy (CP), so being an astronaut was not possible. However, working in astronomy and astrophysics has been my ticket to the stars.