Monica Joy Defendorf is a data geek by day and an artist by night, but those two things are not mutually exclusive. She integrates and inspires creativity and problem-solving everywhere she can. On her pursuit to become a shadow puppeteer, she fell in love with the art of papercutting. A native of Corning, Ms. Defendorf is passionate about community arts and arts-in-education. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children from SUNY Brockport and an M.S. in Inclusive Childhood Educations from Nazareth College. She currently resides in Austin, TX. She blogs about her adventures as a data geek, artist and puppeteer at http://monicaisgoingforit.blogspot.com/.