I am originally from Pickrell, Neb. I went to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in nutritional science and dietetics, and a minor in leadership and communication. I am currently pursing my master's in youth development. I was a 10 year 4-H member in Gage County.
What is your position at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
I am an extension assistant with the Expanded Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The mission of EFNEP is to influence the nutrition and physical activity behaviors of limited resource families, particularly families with children, to impact obesity, food insecurity and the economic challenges that hinder the health and well-being of our nation. The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) offers a variety of programs and resources. Currently, my main focus is teaching a series of food and nutrition classes at schools, community after school programs, and summer programs. Classes include hands-on activities, games and cooking experiences.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
Growing up in Nebraska, I bleed red through and through for the Huskers. Being a part of the 4-H program I was aware of what extension had to offer. I started my career with extension in 2014 in the Douglas-Sarpy County office. I have since transferred to the Lancaster County office. University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a great place to work and has provided me with many great professional opportunities.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
Being in an environment where I am constantly learning about new research, innovative ideas and creating partnerships is what brings me enjoyment. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a tremendous support system and provides opportunity for continued education.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The impact I have had on the lives of adults and youth since starting my extension career. So far, I have graduated 165 limited resource adults who completed 7 or more nutrition lessons through the EFNEP program. Lessons are designed to address MyPlate, calorie balance, food preparation, food safety, physical activity, and food resource management. Thus far, I’ve reached 1,866 youth through nutrition programming with no less than six hours of direct education per youth. Overall youth program impact this past year included 92 percent of youth agree or strongly agree that they learned the foods they should eat every day; 92 percent of youth agree or strongly agree that they learned why it is important to eat a healthy diet; 83 percent of youth agree or strongly agree that their family has prepared healthier meals; and 86 percent of youth agree or strongly agree that they learned cooking skills. My overall goal for the participants is to decrease their risk of developing chronic disease by learning interventions that impact their knowledge and behavior change for nutrition and physical activity.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
During my college years, I was often mistaken as Dani Busboom, former Husker volleyball player. I secretly sometimes went with it because she is such a great role model. When asked if we are related, the answer is yes. She is a great friend and I am so ecstatic at where she is at with her career.
What is your life like outside of work?
I am a ‘foodie’ and absolutely love trying new foods. I play in various volleyball leagues, love to vacation and I enjoy anything outdoors such as camping or fishing. I also enjoy cooking.