I was hired as a Community Development Specialist to focus on transportation in March 2019. As a native of Sacred Heart in Renville County, I am excited to work with communities in western Minnesota in a new role. I served on the Sacred Heart City Council from 2010 to 2015 and the Renville County EDA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Southwest Minnesota State University and am in the process of completing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
My working background is in agriculture where I worked in the horticulture industry, corn, soybean, and sugar beet production, as well as organic vegetable production, both locally and in Virginia. I split my time between rural western Minnesota near my hometown and Minneapolis, where my partner teaches English and daughter attends preschool. I love growing food, home renovations, family rock-hopping on the creek, and lending a hand or bending an ear to friends.