Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS, Environmental Studies Water Resources, Northland College

Background

From my earliest memory living on a 900 acre lake in northern Michigan, I have always embraced a deep passion for and appreciation of being near water, particularly remote lakes. Growing up on Big Star Lake, my two younger brothers and I routinely spent every summer moment with friends swimming, snorkeling, fishing, boating, exploring, and partaking in each imaginable activity in which a child enjoys the lake.

During my high school years, I was enrolled in an advanced math and Science Technology Center, including a year of freshwater ecology and I participated in a Water Resource Leadership course at Madonna University near Detroit. These experiences shaped my life indefinitely by fostering a sense of awe of water environments and cultivating the desire to achieve a career in water resource education and protection. The journey led me to Northland College in 1997. At Northland, I earned a Sigurd Olson Environmental Fellowship, played soccer, and graduated in 2000 in environmental studies water resources with honors. I had also developed the awareness that Lake Superior had captured my heart and that I aspired to work within its reach.

Why Northland?

I have now come full circle and am thrilled to be back at Northland. I joined the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in May 2013 as lake program coordinator in which I directed lake management and water quality monitoring on lakes across northern Wisconsin for college students. In September 2014 I accepted the position of outreach programs coordinator. I now direct empowering and inspiring summer programs at Northland for high school students and adults. The south shore of Lake Superior, adjacent Apostle Islands and nearly a million acres of national forest is the classroom for implementing unique environmental, educational and adventure programs that connect participants to this amazing place.

Northland is a unique college that continues to nurture my love for water, provide a wonderful community and fuel my interest in resource protection. I am grateful to be here sharing my passion for all things water, empowering students, and fostering conservation stewardship in the lives of youth.

Student Involvement

At Northland, I have the most rewarding and fun job working with student leaders to develop summer programs which inspire and influence high school youth to become strong and environmentally-conscious decision makers .

Personal Interests

In my personal time, my husband and I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling with our children. I also love to kayak, mountain bike, garden, cross country ski, compete in local races and agate hunt on Lake Superior beaches.