Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

MBA Hamline University (May, 2016)
MS Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
BA Psychology, Carleton College

Background

My professional experience started in human services. I have provided case management and therapeutic counseling to youth, families, and young parents from high-risk populations. Over my career in the non-profit world, I learned to write and administer competitive grants and contract compliance for state, federal, and private foundations which led me to Northland College in 2006, where I started assisting with private and corporate foundation grant-writing. Since then, I have served as a development officer in multiple capacities for Northland. As the executive director of development, I oversee several activities within the Institutional Advancement unit that has consistently raised more than $3.0 million per year in funds to support the College’s ongoing costs of operation, along with many more unique and wonderful gifts that help Northland grow.

Why Northland?

In 2005, my husband and I returned to Wisconsin after thirteen years living in Hawaii. We moved to the Chequamegon Bay region on purpose–first because our extended family live here, and second because of Lake Superior. We wanted our young children to live here in the north woods and experience the warm community of people that surround this place.

I applied for a position at Northland College when one became available. Many years earlier, when I was a student intern at University of Wisconsin, I provided college counseling to students attending community college in Madison. I discovered Northland College because of an intrepid admissions counselor who sold me on this place. I directed several of students to Northland as a place to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Many years later, here I am, and I am very happy to be here.

Student Involvement

Our entire team in Institutional Advancement loves working with our student colleagues. Northland has the most amazing students! They volunteer at our events on campus, they work for us in phonathon every year, and they provide a great connection to the campus when they work with us on student philanthropy initiatives. We love when “our” students graduate, and miss them every day when they are gone. I am always inspired by their tenacity and generosity.

Personal Interests

I enjoy the great outdoors! I love to take trail runs on the many wooded trails in our forests. I also enjoy mountain biking at Mt. Ashwabay’s CAMBA trail system. It is beautiful in so many seasons from late spring when it is just waking up, through early fall when the colors are amazing. I enjoy Nordic skiing in the winter. At other times, I can be caught binging Netflix. Why is Martin Sheen not running for president?