What do you do for work and what is your slash (aka what do you do in your free time)?
Healthcare Apprenticeship Specialist. I am doing my part to combat the healthcare workforce shortage in Montana, especially in rural areas. My work has allowed me to travel a lot in Montana, and meet some amazing people doing amazing things.
Get outside, hiking, hunting, biking, camping, floating, skiing. I now have a 5-year-old son to introduce to all of these activities.
How did you land in Helena?
Born and raised in South Central Helena. Helena is a great place to live. I like living close to family, and I have some friends I see often that I met in middle school or high school.
What is the best piece of advice that you ever received – career-related or otherwise?
Connections are important. In my work, my end goal is to positively affect patient and resident care in Montana healthcare facilities. Sometimes it is setting up an apprenticeship. Sometimes it is letting one healthcare facility know about some curriculum or funding or something another facility is doing.
When do you feel the most yourself?
When I am with my family, doing something outside. Or curled up with a good book.
Where is the last place you explored and where do you want to explore next?
The last place I explored was Great Divide Ski Area with my 5-year-old. Things look different from his viewpoint, so it was fun to see a familiar place with new eyes.
My son starts kindergarten at Jefferson this fall, so this summer I am taking a month off to do a family road trip, visit friends and family, and exploring parts of the United States I am not familiar with. I am looking forward to spending some time in the South. My grandmother grew up in Memphis, and I have never been there, so it will be fun to explore.
Tell us something about yourself that we didn’t ask:
On February 12, 2010, my husband, Andy, and I met at a HYP event at a Big Horns Hockey Game. I was on the HYP Board at the time, and Barb Wagner made me go. I am now married to a wonderful man, and have this wonderful kid, and it all started with HYP. I will be forever grateful.