Senior Student Success Coach
Education: B.A. in History, B.A. in Secondary Education-Social Studies from University of Maryland, College Park; M.S. in Student Affairs Administration from University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Words that describe UMR: Innovative, personal, caring, and unique!
Advice to college students: Explore your passions and interests outside of the classroom! Academics are a very important part of college, but students often underestimate the impact of experiences that happen when they volunteer, TA for a course, do a research experience, take a leadership role in a club, or just generally engage on campus and in the community. These experiences often help you define career interests and find personal growth and passion.
Favorite random fact about UMR: When students chose the UMR mascot, the Raptor, in 2010, some students were disappointed to learn that our new mascot was a bird and not a dinosaur (apparently they had a Velociraptor in mind!).
When I’m not at UMR, you can find me: In the kitchen (trying out new recipes from my pinterest page), running my dog Howie on the trails of Rochester, or at Costco or Target - my favorites!
Favorite quote: "To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?" ~ Katharine Graham
What brought me to UMR: I moved to Rochester in 2008 with my husband, who started a job at Mayo Clinic. I had previously taught social studies at a high school in the Washington DC area, and after a few months subbing in Rochester, I was glad to find a position in the Admissions Office at UMR. What an adventure - there were both amazing opportunities and challenges recruiting students for our brand new Health Sciences program. I eventually wanted closer relationships with the students I recruited, so I pursued my masters degree and was lucky enough to move into the coaching role in 2012!