Affiliated Departments or Programs
- A.A., Hesston College
- B.A., Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.
- M.S.W., University of Kansas, Lawrence
In Addition …
Hesston College has been “home” to me at several points in my life: first as a student from 1996 to 1998, then as the women’s resident director from 2002 to 2005, and now campus counselor since 2010. Originally from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, I have come to call this Hesston community home. I feel privileged to be in a position that brings my path alongside students and allows us to work together toward health and wholeness. Being in roles that have focused on relationships and individuals within a variety of circumstances, I have learned to appreciate and value the unique strengths and resilience within each person.
In between my experiences at Hesston College, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), then moved to Oregon where I volunteered for two years at Western Mennonite School as a resident director and volleyball coach. I earned my master of social work degree from the University of Kansas, and worked for five years at Prairie View, a local mental health center just a few miles from Hesston. There I had the opportunity to work with adolescents and families in a variety of capacities, as well as expand my knowledge and interest in adventure-based and experiential learning, which heavily influences the work I do.
When I’m not in a work context, I enjoy various creative pursuits, spending time outside and traveling with my husband, Todd, and our two young daughters. With all our family 800-1,100 miles away, and friends spread out from coast to coast, it’s probably a good thing that we both really like road trips! While home in Kansas, we enjoy hosting people, taking bike rides as a family and watching our daughters find new ways to be independent.