I joined The Village Business Institute in April 2015 as an Employee Assistance Program Trainer, and regularly provide training sessions on diversity, leadership and employee engagement. I have a bachelor's degree in History and a master's degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling and leadership from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. I also have a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and am a doctoral candidate for the Educational Doctorate in Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I have been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Jamestown Master of Arts in Leadership program.
Over the past 15 years, I have facilitated dozens of trainings for various student and professional groups at Minnesota State University Moorhead on topics such as accountability, communication development, leadership, balanced life, and conflict resolution. I am an Alumni Advisor for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at MSUM, which has been a co-sponsor of the Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes event to raise money for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo and to raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault and domestic violence. I also facilitated a discussion with the members of the Kappa Sigma around the movie "The Mask You Live In." As a long-term volunteer for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, I have volunteered with the Cherries for Charity fundraiser, the Clean Start Program, and have catered numerous volunteer appreciation dinners.