I am a native of Southern Minnesota and grew up on a small family farm raising hogs, corn and soybeans. I began my NRCS career as a summer intern with in 2001, while majoring in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Following graduation, I officially joined the NRCS as a Soil Conservation Technician in my home county in Austin, Minnesota. In my 18 years with the agency, I have been a Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist and Farm Bill Specialist in Minnesota, the Assistant State Conservationist – Programs in Maryland, Deputy State Conservationist, and am currently the State Conservationist for NRCS in Casper, Wyoming.
My path to leadership has not followed the typical trajectory and I enjoy mentoring new employees and providing them a different perspective on career advancement. I’ve been a member of WiN for 5 years and have enjoyed getting to know everyone involved in this great organization. I’m looking forward to continuing in my personal and professional growth with WiN.