I’m a twentysomething who left my life in Minnesota to attend a private liberal arts college in the middle of Iowa. After graduating with two bachelors, I ended up making the decision to stay in Iowa and I haven’t looked back since – finding a job I love, purchasing my first home and creating a life for myself in a small community full of great business, amazing people and some great friends!
I sometimes describe myself as fiery, energetic, passionate, strong, courageous, commanding, confident and funny. I’m passionate about the relationships in my life (including my family and friends) but also at the top of my list of passions are sports (hockey, football and college basketball), traveling (I’ve visited 23 states and visiting all 50 is on my bucket list), music (I recently saw one of the best live concerts I have ever been too – ask me about it sometime) and books (I’m a bit of a bibliophile).
I am currently working for The Vernon Company, a promotional product distributor based in Iowa but with account executives throughout the United States (including Guam and Puerto Rico). I knew nothing about promotional products – but I’m learning and loving every second of it! I’ve even earned my Trained Advertising Specialist certification.
I’m also beginning to get active in my local community – I’m a member of a local young professionals organization, sit on the Planning & Zoning Commission for the city, volunteer as a board member for Newton Main Street and am a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. I have also volunteered for a variety of events including celebrAsian, DU Good Day and Hy-Vee Kids’ Fishing Derby.
I graduated in 2008 from Drake University with a BAJMC in Public Relations and a BA in Environmental Policy. After graduation, I made the decision to stay in Iowa (partially because one of my internships turned into a full-time job – and I had fallen in love with the City of Des Moines) and I haven’t looked back since (although I do visit Minnesota as frequently as I can).