What are your goals in your role at your company? 
I’m currently working to engage our DMU students in a new volunteer program facilitating creative storytelling sessions with memory care patients. I learned about the TimeSlips program at a conference and am fascinated by the transformative concept of “creative communities of care” – especially for the elderly.

What are your goals for your community involvement? 
I want to build leadership “bench strength” in the nonprofit sector, by maintaining my membership in the Des Moines chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, which I helped found. It’s been rewarding to identify and elevate fresh leaders. 

What’s your biggest passion, and why? 
Sharing people’s stories. I was born a writer, started my career in journalism and still blog and freelance as a side-hustle. I learn so much and generate a sense of community by interviewing people. It also helps me make connections I can draw on to be a “pollinator” for people and ideas.  

What is it that drives you? 
When I was a teenager, I started a youth organization for kids interested in historical preservation. I’m also a lifetime Scout, and those early experiences of building community, executing projects and working toward positive social change stuck with me. I am motivated to bring people together and watch the magic unfold. 

What are your future aspirations? 
I want to raise my kids to be creative and kind. Having two little people has already broadened my sense of community in Des Moines, and I imagine exploring the city at their height will inspire new ideas for me, too.

Four reasons she’s a Forty: 

1. She co-founded the Des Moines chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. 
2. She was honored as the 2015 YPC Amy Jennings YP Impact Award winner. 
3. She served on the planning team for TEDxDesMoines conferences.
4. She serves on the Iowa Campus Compact Giving Voice committee, developing new strategies to promote and build awareness of the importance of higher education’s civic mission.