Until I moved to Schuyler, Nebraska, over a decade ago, I had always lived in big cities. At this point in my life, I don’t think I will ever move back to an urban area. Rural America offers a sense of community, unity, social relationships, and peace. The air is filled with birdsong in the mornings, and I know who is in my son's classroom or on his baseball team—those are all things that are priceless to me.
I love the work the Center for Rural Affairs does in rural communities, and I am grateful to be part of that change. I enjoy working with people from all cultural backgrounds, living in the same geographic area.
I'm married, and we have one son and a dog that is spoiled rotten. We love going on road trips, taking part in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, swimming, and baseball, and having family time in general. I’m also passionate about politics, and I’m a strong advocate for social justice and women's empowerment.