Growing up on a farm in western Iowa, I can’t say I worked with crops or animals—my dad had five boys to help him and my mom only had one girl to help her, so I was definitely outnumbered—but I’ve always respected the people who are responsible for bringing our food from the farm to the table. They work countless hours in all weather conditions. I’m grateful to be living in the Midwest—our quality of life is excellent because of the valuable resources that come from the innovative and dedicated people in our rural communities.
Before coming to the Center, I spent several years working with federal and state-funded grant applications and grant processes. I strive to make the grant process more streamlined and efficient for all Center staff who are involved in every stage of a grant, and to make a positive contribution to this organization.
In my spare time, I like to explore my hobbies, especially genealogy. I also enjoy spending time with my kids and grandkids, and traveling to historical sites or one of the beautiful national parks in our country.