What’s your favorite tradition?
I love Christmas Eve Day potluck at my house. There are usually between 25-30 people who come over each year bringing something to share. We are music lovers and often have family members singing, playing a guitar, or keyboard. I love all the laughter while opening the white elephant gifts and the interesting and funny conversations that end up taking place. Most importantly, I spend quality time reconnecting and nurturing relationships.
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend?
Beautiful weather, spending time cycling with the Saddle Sirens training for our yearly century ride. Spending time with friends, family, and especially my granddaughters.
What's on your bucket list?
I have definitely caught the travel bug. I have been to Ireland and Japan. I am hoping to travel to Spain and Portugal.
How did you get into this field?
I always knew from a young age that I would be doing something that would feed my soul that I would work a job that would not feel like a job, but more like a journey. I have always felt that this field chose me and I wholeheartedly agreed. I started out volunteering at camps serving people with developmental disabilities as a teenager. This led me to an undergraduate and Master’s degree both in Social Work from Augsburg University. It has been and continues to be a privilege to work for New Directions, Inc.
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