I’m a native Nebraskan with all three degrees from the University of Nebraska. I began my career teaching on campus in family economics and management, then working as an Extension specialist in 4-H before transitioning into my current role. I’ve been at the university for 28 years.
What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am the Associate Dean of Nebraska Extension. As part of this position, I serve as the Nebraska 4-H Program Administrator. Currently, I am on a quarter-time special assignment to the Vice Chancellor to work on UNL engagement, specifically leading efforts for UNL to obtain the Carnegie Engagement Designation.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I love education and seeing the light bulb go off for students of all ages. It’s great to support the excitement and energy of college students as they develop into professionals. Being a part of the creative environment where we actually create knowledge in partnership with our students and then use what we’ve learned to improve the lives of people and change the world is incredible to me; and that’s what we do every day.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy working on projects that make a difference in the lives of others and being with highly talented, creative people of both students and faculty.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being able to coach young people to their next step, whatever that may be. Whether it is high-school youth to their college choice, college students to their first professional job and more.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I have a three-year-old St. Bernard.
What is your life like outside of work?
One of my Gallup Strengths is being a learner and I love taking classes and learning. In addition to taking random UNL courses, I’ve taken music classes (organ), upholstery, catering, cooking, stained glass, SCUBA and more. We have kept our family farm and I enjoy spending time being in the country.