I am a communications and marketing professional who excels at telling the story of the companies and brands I work with. I do this strategically through traditional communication and marketing pieces, digital channels and of course, social media. I look for innovative, but effective, ways to showcase the exceptional work that happens around me.
My background in journalism has made me a better communicator and marketer but also a better listener which makes sharing the stories around me much easier! I take the initiative to educate myself about something new every day and search out new ideas and research trends so that I am able to do my job better each day.
Outside the four walls of my office, sharing my knowledge and skills with local businesses, nonprofits and other groups gives me a lot of pride in my community. The relationships I’ve formed through service to my community are a huge part of the person I am, personally and professionally.
I’m Minnesota born but Iowan by choice. I grew up on a family farm in southwest Minnesota and moved to Iowa to attend Drake University in 2004; Iowa has been home ever since. I describe myself as a book lover, coffee addict, taproom enthusiast, hopeful optimist and an outgoing introvert. I like musk ox, my cat, coffee, dark chocolate, people watching and glasses. I don’t like humidity, dirty socks, auto direct messages, blank stares, spiders, and elevators. I’m a pop culture geek, NPR nerd and wealth of useless information. I would be an all-star trivia team member – if you’re ever looking for an extra person. I’m always seeking out an opportunity to learn more and to laugh often! I try to surround myself with people who make me laugh and people I can learn from. It’s not hard to do.
Life can be a lonely journey, but the relationships I’ve formed make it so much more exciting! That being said – I’m an introvert. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy large crowds; I’m just more comfortable in an intimate conversation. I’m passionate about traveling. Alaska is my go-to vacation spot. I’ve visited 28 states and visiting all 50 is on my bucket list. I love music. I recently saw one of the best live concerts I have ever been too – ask me about it sometime. I’m a bit of a bibliophile. I read 100 books in 365 days. Ridiculous, I know. I’m trying to do it again!