I was born in Georgia but lived in Colorado most of my life. For as long as I can remember, we always had animals around including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, pigs and calves. That exposure led me to get a degree in animal science from Colorado State University. I worked several positions in animal health and nutrition until the tech boom came along and I transitioned to IT networking for about 20 years. I have come full circle back to my roots where I have exposure to agriculture and other areas of interest.
What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am an engagement zone coordinator for Nebraska Extension. The purpose of the EZC position is to help foster extension talent to achieve excellence in developing and delivering educational programming. As an EZC we work to develop stakeholder connections with elected officials, county extension boards and advisory groups. I also work to build strong engagement with UNL and local leaders to identify and develop working relationships between the university and local stakeholders.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
UNL has a great reputation as an institution that is proud of its heritage but humble at heart. When the opportunity came to join UNL it was an easy decision. The people I work with are the best and sincerely serve others each day.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy learning and working within an educational setting as there are continual opportunities to learn and explore.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My family – I have everything that is most important to me right now. Everything else is a bonus.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
Most people don’t know that I would love to walk the Appalachian trail.
What is your life like outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and traveling when possible.