I was born in a small town (cue Mellencamp), to a small family full of big love. Because of the love and community I felt growing up, it never really occurred to me there were things I couldn’t do. The middle school I went to was so small there were no tryouts for sports – if you wanted to play, you played. So I did. All the sports – basketball, volleyball, track. At four foot nothing, I jumped hurdles. It was never a question of if, but how. This is still how I tend to approach most things in life.
Challenge inspires and drives me – it provides so much opportunity for learning and growth. Throughout the course of my professional career, I have been able to affect change and to create meaningful solutions. I have learned many, many valuable lessons along the way. I worked over a decade in higher education, where I spent the majority of my time working with and for student veterans and their families – building a network of support on campus, advocating for policy, becoming a subject matter expert on a complex web of financial resources available to service members and veterans. I then moved on to found and develop a nonprofit in Indianapolis that supported young women exiting incarceration. We provided a safe space for healing and self-discovery, all in the context of a functioning urban farm. Both experiences were deeply rewarding and emotionally demanding. Through this work, I began to understand how a lack of emotional awareness can and does impact all aspects of life. Those opportunities also provided me with practice in building something from nothing. The path of creating something new is full of learning opportunities – personal and professional. I also geek out on efficiency and puzzles. This makes designing and operationalizing fun!
The common denominator in every job that I have enjoyed is that they were all people-centered. I love systems and processes, but only in the context of how they relate to or impact people. I am a textbook extrovert – my interactions with other humans gives me energy!
To rest and recharge – I love time spent with my amazing daughter, my sweet rescue pup, and my wealth of phenomenal friends. I need music like I need air and gain a ton of energy from time in the sun.
I don’t think I could have charted the path that brought me here to Bloombase. But to be fair, the best adventures rarely come from well-structured plans.