I grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. After completing an undergraduate degree at Samford University, and interning at a few botanical gardens in the south and northeast, I completed a master's degree in public garden management at Cornell University. While studying in New York, I met my husband in the horticulture department. It was ultimately his job with the University of Nebraska that brought us to Lincoln in early 2014. Up until March of 2017, I worked in a lab at the university on buffalograss and hop breeding projects.
What is your position at the University of Nebraska?
I began as the hop program coordinator with Nebraska Extension, based in Cass County, in April. Within this role, I’m providing educational resources and learning opportunities for current and interested hop growers, planning the annual Grower and Brewer Conference, building relationships with growers and brewers across Nebraska, and collaborating on various hop extension projects with other land grant institutions across the U.S. (Check out @unlhops for more!)
What drew you to the University of Nebraska?
While it was originally my husband’s job, I’ve certainly found my own niche here at the University of Nebraska. The university in itself is a friendly community within Lincoln. Its extensive resources, innovative learning opportunities and strong alumni support make it hard not to want to be a part of it.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
The many opportunities for professional development, gaining knowledge and exchanging ideas in a rapidly changing and diverse environment.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Running a full marathon last fall.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Lists and goals are my keys to success. Both are always evolving, but always looking at the next step(s) ahead.
What is your life like outside of work?
It’s a good balance of lots of running, teaching cycling and boot camp classes at the local YMCA, learning to play golf, enjoying craft beer and cooking, and spending time with my husband and our two great danes. I currently serve as the vice president of the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center board and volunteer for the Friendship Home of Lincoln.