A Little About Me
After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Writing, I began developing a career in writing and communication, working with a variety of companies and nonprofits.
Professionally, I have . . .
- Secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from federal, state and private funders to support projects ranging from sustainable agriculture practices to immigration reform.
- Written countless articles for a local newspaper with a readership of roughly 9,000, covering feature stories, breaking news and the crime and courts beat.
- Written and published a monthly newsletter distributed to over 3,000 area residents and government officials
- Translated written material and interpreted for delegations visiting Managua, Nicaragua.
I grew up on a farm in Southwest Minnesota and will always be a bit of a country girl at heart. I fell in love with writing the same time I fell in love with reading and can’t imagine a life without printed words around me all the time. I also have a secret weakness for new stationary, loose leaf tea, rainy mornings and fancy table linens.
Personally, I have . . .
- Jumped off cliffs in Nicaragua, hiked through the Amazon jungle in Bolivia, climbed the Great Wall in China, and successfully navigated the Paris subway system without getting (too) lost.
- Competed in countless cattle competitions (affectionally known as cow beauty pageants).
- Mastered the art of making the perfect French macaroon.
- Found the Tardis – sadly, the Doctor was nowhere in sight.
My Business Philosophy
After working with nonprofits nationally and internationally and after living in developing countries, I have a heart for giving my time and resources to help create a better world — a bit cliché, but its something I believe each person should be working towards.
I have three issues that are nearest to my heart: clean water, equal access to education and empowering women.
Each month, I give ten percent of my profits to organizations that support those causes.