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Interim Women's Business Center Director
Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP)
I’ve been at the Center for Rural Affairs for nearly 20 years. I like to think of myself as a utility infielder. I have worked with every program at the Center, from state and federal policy analysis and advocacy to organizing, research, and direct services. Now, I’m focused solely on small business support through our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).
I like to think that my rural credentials are pretty authentic since I grew up in southwestern Minnesota on a little house on the prairie. It was literally 7 miles down the road from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s former home.
My father farmed in that same Minnesota country with workhorses. I would love to have horses today, but my husband and I keep plenty busy with two kids and 50 cow/calf pairs on our farm outside of Lyons, Nebraska.
I also volunteer for my church, local food pantry, and am a licensed EMT with the fire department. I’m fortunate to experience so many elements of small town life in my personal life and to work for an organization dedicated to supporting it.
REAP has been busier than ever, which means the small business community of Nebraska is working harder than ever. This means that this farm gal is working hard too!