What do you do for work/free time?
My main gig is being a mom of two littles-- motherhood is all consuming. By day, I manage the Governor's Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force which is working to eliminate the gender wage gap in Montana. By night, I do odd ball (yet gratifying) campaign work. In between jobs, I serve as Vice President of Helena Young Professionals and on the Board of Alternative Health Care. With the very small amount of time left over after all that, I frequent farmer's markets and grow flowers.
How did you land in Helena?
I'm a 4th generation Montanan and always knew I wanted to live out my life in the Big Sky State. Helena was an easy pick--- I fell in love with it's history, places, and people (especially one special guy who charmed me with the Gate of the Mountains).
What is the best piece of advice that you ever received – career-related or otherwise?
My dad pounded one piece of advice into my head growing up-- never 'half-ass' anything. Yes, he has some quirks. He must have rubbed off on me because I look back on the years and see that much of my success is because I don't 'half-ass' a darn thing. As a result, people have taken a chance on me and I've done some pretty awesome things. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing 110%.
When do you feel the most yourself?
Family time. No one could ever accept me for me like my kids. When I'm with them I can be my real, messy, crazy, self. Their sincere honesty keeps me grounded and keenly aware of what is actually important in life.
Where is the last place you explored and where do you want to explore next?
Just a few weeks ago I visited West Glacier and booked a night at the Izack Walton Inn. Despite the cool temps and ceaseless rain, the Glacier peaks did not disappoint. I plan to return to Glacier this week for a whitewater rafting adventure-- I hope to survive the class 3 rapids and bears.
Tell us something about yourself that we didn’t ask:
My favorite color is brown, because every color should be loved by someone.