Sawyer is an EMT-P and graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, she has a Masters in Leadership Education and is currently enrolled in her doctoral program at UNE. As a member of the Vermont National Guard she has served two tours, first as a Flight Medic in Iraq in 2006 and again in 2010 as a Combat Medic and female engagement team leader in Afghanistan. Her varied background includes working as an Adjunct Faculty at Johnson State College; combat medical trainer for the Department of State; Deck Watch Officer on the USCGC Tahoma; a “house mouse” in Antarctica; a wildland fire fighter; women’s crew coach; medical support for the Mountain Warfare School in Jerico, VT; and Operations Manager for Cookson America. Recently, she's been working for UN forces and within the US military on increasing awareness of gender diversity. In her spare time, Sawyer enjoys tending to an organic garden and mini-farm at home in Vermont.