Where do you work currently?
Montana State University in Bozeman, MT
Tell us a little about yourself:
This is an interesting time to be answering these questions. I am rather shy and introverted but once I know you, I can open up quite a bit. Then I can be very boisterous! I come from a theatrical family so I think that is where my loud voice comes from. I am very much a homebody and look forward to the escape and comfort of home. However, during this time of quarantine and self-isolation, I am now missing being around people and interacting and yet, hard to let myself be seen on camera for web meetings!
How did you get your start in higher education?
I moved from Colorado to Montana to be closer to other family members, after dealing with a major illness. After being here for awhile, I was looking for new employment and one of the places I applied was Montana State University.
How long have you worked in financial aid?
So, financial aid was one of the positions I applied for at Montana State University and was hired. Never would I have thought this would be my career and as a matter of fact, when I first started, I thought, ‘oh my gosh, what have I gotten myself into?!’. Now here I am almost 14 years later.
What makes you excited to go to work?
Even though financial aid has so much information to learn and know, I really love being a part of it.. I really like being able to help students and families access higher education and is so satisfying when you have been able to make a difference. The people that work in financial aid are an amazing community that I love being a part of.
What is your favorite part about serving this past year as President?
I have always loved the opportunities to be a part of the associations. I never thought I could take on the position of President. I didn’t think I could handle being in this position of such awesome responsibility but was surprised at what I am able to handle and have been honored to have had this experience and opportunity.
How do you spend your free time?
I like to play video games especially Animal Crossing and stream / binge TV programs. Have been away from Taekwondo for awhile now due to some health issues and am really hoping to get started again. I did make it up to my first black belt.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
My dream has always been to go to Japan. I just love everything about Japan and the culture. We had a Japanese exchange student stay with my family when I was just out of high school which completely cemented my passion for this beautiful country.