What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
One of my proudest personal accomplishments was running across the finish line in my first spirit triathlon. I trained for 5 months with a coach and my best friend to get my body and mind ready to swim the 500 meters, bike 15 miles, and to run a 5k – without stopping, one sport right after the other. I learned what my body was capable of that day – but most importantly I learned what I could accomplish when I face my fears, work hard and have unfaltering support. Recounting the memories makes me realize it’s time to compete in another one!
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
I am a goal oriented person, so thinking of one primary personal development goal that I have for myself is difficult – I want to list them all. However, when I look ahead in the next five years the goal shining brightest is to establish a consulting firm to provide organizational and business structuring, strategic planning, and programmatic guidance and evaluation to organizations and businesses nationwide.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
After graduating from the University of Wyoming, I found myself wanting to make a difference – to create a larger impact. I volunteered for a national organization called International Volunteer HQ, where I spent 12 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania, Africa working in HIV prevention and an orphanage. I hoped my time serving the citizens, patients and orphans in Arusha would make an impact on their lives, but what I didn’t expect is the impact they made on mine. I left more grateful, inspired, and dedicated to continue to serve others. This trip directly impacted my career trajectory as I then spent the next six years serving individuals throughout Wyoming in communicable disease prevention, including HIV.
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?
In my current position as the Albany County Grants Manager, I am fortunate to be able to make a difference within Albany County and Laramie on a daily basis – it’s the reason that I’m in this position. As the county Grants Manager, I oversee and manage the facilitation, coordination and organization of all aspects of the County’s grants program. Albany County support and fund a variety of programs including; emergency services and homeland security efforts, building the Hospice of Laramie House, enhancing programs for low-income/ TANF eligibility individuals, providing programming and support to Veterans and victims of crime, and improving county infrastructure and security – just to name a few.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I recently started volunteering with Laramie Main Street. Being a part of their energy and determination to revitalizing and enhancing historic downtown Laramie excites me most. Downtown Laramie is one of my favorite places to be, and I can’t wait to see Main Street’s innovative and passionate work create an even better community.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
There are many things I have done, and people to give credit to in driving me to be successful in my endeavors. One of the most important is the time that I have invested in myself. Whether that is going back to school for my masters, taking professional development courses or learning and listening form my mentors. This has helped me identify my strengths and has given me the resources to focus my efforts and energy in order to enhance those strengths. I've also made it a point to surrounded myself with positive, successful people that are always in my corner to help me not only be a better person but more successful in my career. Lastly, to a fault I continue to ask the question "why." To better understand the reasoning behind a task/project or program in order to have direction and purpose.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Don't be afraid to fail. Jump in with both feet, be innovative, bold and take risks. Always take accountability for your actions. Use your resources, find connections and build a team that is always in your corner.