Alexis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. After working as a transportation engineer for one year, Alexis returned to NC State and earned a Master of Science in Biological & Agricultural Engineering. She then proceeded to work in Alaska for almost two years in both water resources and roadway engineering until she returned to North Carolina. After returning to her home state, she earned her Professional Engineering license and continued to work as a water resources and roadway engineer for seven more years. She recently enrolled in Oregon State University and is currently earning her Master of Public Policy degree, concentrating in environmental and energy policy. Her essay looks at the relation between religious beliefs and perceptions of climate change in the Pacific Northwest.