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The reason I got into this profession

When I was 11, I wanted nothing more than to be a famous softball player. Despite the extra batting practices, I always seemed to have more success running around the bases than getting on one in the first place. Frustrated and unaware of my poor softball abilities, I asked my dad, “Why don’t they ever pick me to join the good team?” My dad replied, “Baby Angel… how about you try cross-country in the fall?”

After my first cross country practice, I left confused as to why people would willingly choose to run for miles in the relentlessly humid Iowa summers. Nevertheless, with my dad’s encouragement, I persisted. After finishing a mid-season race, my dad approached me, “You know, you don’t even look tired. Why don’t you run faster?”

“I don’t know. I just like running with my friends.” I said innocently smiling towards my new-found tribe of giggling, brace-faced girls.

“Baby Angel… how about you make friends with them?” my dad suggested, pointing to the girls doing high knees in perfect unison with focused looks on their faces.

And with that suggestion in mind, I set my eyes not on pace goals, but on people goals. When the gun sounded, I would pick off competitors one by one until I settled into the front of the pack. At the state meet my senior year, I saw my dad, pride in his eyes, ringing an enormous cowbell, cheering “Go Baby Angel, go!”

It’s incredible when someone sees the potential that you could never see in yourself. Now I have the opportunity to coach people in the same way my dad did for me.  I may not call you Baby Angel, but I can get you to the finish line.

One thing I’m doing to help the planet

I try to be conscious of my waste footprint so I buy food with minimal packaging, wear hand me down clothes, and own few possessions.

Outside of work, my passions include

As my story suggests, I love all types of sports – especially outdoor activities like trail running, stand up paddle boarding, and rock climbing. I also enjoy creative expression through writing, painting, and cooking. In my free time, you can find me going on an adventure with my friends.

One goal I’m saving for

I am saving for an apartment or home that affords me an extra bedroom for visiting guests.

Primary way I’m advancing my career knowledge

I primarily advance my career knowledge by attending subject matter workshops and communications seminars

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