What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am fortunate to work for an organization and in an industry that not only allows, but encourages community involvement, and I get a lot of joy and personal fulfillment from my volunteer activities. And, while I don’t have children yet, my husband and I are the proud parents of two 6-year old puppies, a St. Bernard named Thor and a Chocolate Lab named Mocha!
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Nancy Stutzman as Community Bank President of ANB Bank. Over the coming 5 years, I look forward to continuing in that role as well as completing the Graduate School of Banking at Pacific Coast Banking School. I also hope to have the opportunity to participate in Leadership Wyoming to learn more about our state and its growth prospects and economic drivers.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I am privileged to have spent 3 years as the Treasurer of the Laramie Soup Kitchen, during which time we established a formal budgeting system and implemented financial procedures and controls. The Soup Kitchen is a fantastic organization that provides much-needed services and support to our community and it was a pleasure to serve on the board.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
As the Sponsorship Chair of Laramie Jubilee Days, I have the opportunity to visit with countless local businesses, requesting financial and in-kind support for one of the largest and best-attended events in Laramie each year. The Jubilee Days board has spent a considerable amount of time and energy to improve the event each year, and we are pleased that Jubilee Days has such a positive impact on Laramie in terms of economic benefit as well as community involvement.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
As both a banker and as a community member, I am very excited for the growth prospects of Laramie. Existing businesses continue to grow and expand and we have seen some successes in new businesses opening and others relocating to our community. I strongly feel that we live in a community with a tremendous amount of involvement in – and dedication to – various initiatives to grow and improve, and I am pleased to do what I can to be a small part of our community's bright future!
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I have been blessed with some fabulous mentors as well as a very supportive husband and family. My parents taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, and these characteristics have helped shape how I view the world. I also have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of coworkers and customers who make work such a rewarding experience!
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
The best advice I have - and which I wish I would have learned earlier in my career - is to not be afraid to put yourself out there. It can be intimidating, but taking the time to meet new people, build a network, and learn how you can help others will help expand your horizons. We all have various talents to contribute, and I believe that so much of life is how we choose to apply ourselves within the range of our experiences and skill sets. I feel that the time and energy spent in boldly putting yourself out there will pay huge dividends in personal and professional fulfillment... it has for me!