Brandi is a mother of 5, two who have left the nest and three who are still learning to fly. She and her family have lived in Utah, London, Southern California, and now reside in Northern Virginia. While living in Southern California, Brandi developed a "welcoming heart" by volunteering as a Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) teacher to newcomers from Syria, Mexico, Congo, Cuba, and Iraq and as a family mentor for a resettled Iraqi family. Here in Virginia, she volunteers with Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington tutoring newcomers with English. She likes to hike, paddleboard, and is a shameless sky worshipper.