What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am a lecturer in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. My internal title is 'Chief Mindset Development Officer'. I teach, advise, and coach students to grow their skillset and capacity as entrepreneurial leaders and business owners.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
As a graduate of UNL, I have great pride in my alma mater and am thrilled to work for an institution and program that impacted me so deeply at such a pivotal point in my life. I was born and raised in rural Nebraska, so I was also drawn to the opportunity to give back to my home state through my work in the Engler program.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
The aspect that I enjoy the most would absolutely be the students. I truly feel blessed to work with such talented and motivated students that inspire me to keep innovating. One of my favorite parts of the role I have in Engler is to teach a module called Roadmap. In this module, each student reflects on their personal beliefs about work, life and education as well as brainstorm potential pathways they can explore during and after college. There have been students who have pivoted their career goals, pursued study abroad experiences, published creative works or launched businesses because of their work in Roadmap. I enjoy teaching in a campus environment that challenges students to pursue purpose and question the status quo.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I wrote and published a poetry book, Letters to God, which was the #1 New Release in Christian poetry on Amazon.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
Many people know that I am an avid mental health advocate, but they may not know I am currently taking classes to become a licensed mental health counselor.
What is your life like outside of work?
In warmer months, you will find me outside hiking, kayaking, and camping. Otherwise, I am likely writing, reading, cooking for family and friends, or planning my next outdoor adventure. The next big hike for me will be summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro next summer.