MBA Business Administration and Finance, Hamline University
MS Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
BA Psychology, Carleton College
My professional career started in human services. I provided case management and therapeutic counseling for youth, families, and young parents from high-risk populations in Wisconsin and in the State of Hawaii. Over my career in the nonprofit world, I developed skills in fundraising and grant-writing. I administered competitive grants and contract compliance for state, federal, and private foundations which led me to Northland College in 2006. Here, I assisted with private and corporate foundation grant-writing for the College and for faculty research. Since then, I have served as a development officer in multiple capacities for Northland. As executive director of institutional advancement, I oversee all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations at the College. Our unit raises between $3 and $10 million annually to support operations, student scholarships, and wonderful programs that help Northland stay relevant and strong.
Many years ago, when I was a young graduate student, I worked with students attending a community college in Madison, Wisconsin, who wanted to transfer into a four-year degree program. The office was filled with college catalogs and viewbooks. Northland College stood out to me at that time for its unique blend of liberal arts with an environmental emphasis. As luck would have it, in 2006 an opportunity came up for a grant-writing position here and I jumped at that chance. My husband's family had resettled up in Ashland in the intervening years and the move made sense.
Our advancement team loves working with our student colleagues—Northland students are amazing! They help us by volunteering at our alumni and donor events and work with us as partners in fundraising. We love it when "our" students graduate, but miss them when they are gone. They add tremendous value to our program and their ability to connect with our donors and alumni. Our students are the reason we are here, and those who participate in our phon-a-thon, giving day, and student philanthropy teams build that connection between us and our purpose and mission.
My husband and I enjoy the north woods environment. We ski, hike, camp, paddleboard, bicycle, and generally enjoy most outdoor pursuits. Lake Superior is inspiring in every season and we feel lucky to live here. I also enjoy reading and knitting on the long winter nights.