Flip grew up on a family homestead here in the North Country and left the area in 1999. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College in Western Massachusetts. She was the music director of the college radio station her last two years of school and active in experimental theater. A renewed interest in diversified small-scale agriculture brought her to work on farms in the Pioneer Valley and then beyond to Maine, Washington and Mexico. She returned to the area in 2008 eager to get reacquainted with the area as an adult. She and her partner Bob run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Canton called littleGrasse Foodworks. In 2009, she began working in the SLU libraries. Other interests include bicycling, international fiction and food preservation. This transition to the Modern Languages Department will be a welcome opportunity to be engaged in a culturally diverse learning environment.