I grew up in rural Nebraska, and lived here my whole life—there is no place I would rather call home. The challenges faced by rural communities are complex, but in my experience, don’t hold a candle to the resilience and grit found in the hearts of small town Nebraskans.
The opportunity to invest back in communities similar to my hometown is one I’m truly grateful for. I certainly would not be who I am today without my rural roots. Using my skills to strengthen rural innovation and serve small business owners is something I’ve always envisioned, and after learning of the Center’s mission, I knew there would be no better place to align with my professional goals.
I hope to create intentional partnerships and grow the Center’s network to better serve small town business owners in southeast Nebraska. My ultimate goal is to assist business owners in starting or growing their businesses sustainably so that in 10 years I can drive through those communities and recognize the names of the businesses I worked with.
When I’m not working toward those goals, I enjoy being outdoors hiking, camping, hunting, or spending time with family and friends. My other passion is being a calligraphist and growing my stationery business.