Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

BA English, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Background

I grew up in Ashland, went to college in Duluth, moved to Helena, Montana, for four years, and moved back to Ashland intending to stay for no more than two weeks. That was ten years ago. Since then, I've realized that I'm a small town person at heart and that I'm happiest when I'm close to Lake Superior. I started working in the Advancement Office in 2013 and currently serve as the director of advancement services, wrangling our database and keeping track of all manner of record keeping.

Why Northland?

Northland's always been a part of my life. I learned to swim in the pool, went sledding in the ravines, learned how to make murals and family trees at College for Kids, and have rehearsed with the summer community band in the Alvord Theater since I was in high school. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work here, and to watch new generations discover Northland and make their own memories here.

Student Involvement

Working in the Advancement Office, most of my interactions with students come from working with our alumni office intern, our student workers, and during special events like Fall Festival, graduation Champagne Toasts, and Rainbow Dinners. But one of my favorite ways to interact with students is at hockey games, where I'm part of the "loud section" in the stands blowing on vuvuzelas, banging a gong, and singing along to Shania Twain songs.

Our students never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm, curiosity, and willingness to lend a hand. I feel really lucky to work with alumni as often as I do—particularly whenever I get to eavesdrop on alumni and current students swapping tall tales.

Personal Interests

Crocheting, reading, cross stitching sarcastic things, photography, writing, traveling, and laughing.