for 10+ years, i have dedicated my professional career to serving nonprofit organizations.
When I was in the fourth grade, I received the "Mother Hen" Award. I didn't know such an award existed, and it probably didn't until the teacher met me. By definition, a mother hen is one who sees the needs of others and takes on a maternal role. I would like to think that this early awareness of the needs of others is what led me to pursue a career working with nonprofit organizations.
My nonprofit journey began in 2005 when I started volunteering and fundraising for Camp Quality Northwest Missouri, an organization dedicated to serving children diagnosed with cancer through both a summer camp experience and year-round support. I graduated from Maryville University of Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a determination to create healthier nonprofit environments.
Since then, I have pursued an education in nonprofit management, actively volunteered for causes I care deeply about, and held executive roles in nonprofits from health-related organizations to sports organizations. I hold a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations from The University of Georgia where I worked on a $1 million capacity-building grant project to provide training and technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations.
During the precious moments when I'm not working with an organization, you can find me journaling (with a purple pen, always a purple pen), traveling the world, exploring a cave, enjoying the serenity found in swimming laps in a pool or open body of water, biking trails and gravel roads, or getting creative designing floral arrangements.
I firmly believe in pursuing all of one's favorite things in life.