City of Laramie
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being the President of Friends of Community Recreation and my role in helping to develop and shape it into what it is today. Our organization works to help everyone who is in financial need pay for their recreational requests. My goal is to reach as many people as I can while inspiring others to create a devoted community with a willingness to help one another. Last fall, we were able to pay for multiple basketball registrations for children whose parents were unable to afford the fees and reimburse a coach who purchased athletic shoes for a child who needed them. These are just a couple examples of the ways we help our community.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
I am striving to become a wellness coach and better public speaker. I want to become a wellness coach so I can combine my passion for fitness and my passion for helping people. Fitness in all aspects of life can make such a positive difference. I want to help people find what makes them happy and help them realize it’s okay to be unique. I want to become a better public speaker because I want my visions to come across clearly, and have a positive influence in our community. I am always impressed with individuals who can speak to a large crowd and seem so relaxed. Professionally my goal is to obtain my Associate Professional in Human Resources certification. Human Resource fascinates me. I love working with people and trying to find ways that will make not only my organization successful but the individual successful, as well.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I would have to say I have two big philanthropic achievements. The first would be the holiday donation drive that I organize for City of Laramie employees. In the past, I worked with the Salvation Army to match families with departments throughout the City to provide Christmas for as many families as possible. Last year, we partnered with the Laramie Soup Kitchen and District Court to distribute the gifts. Over the last few years, City of Laramie employees adopted 31 families and helped countless individuals enjoy merrier holidays. It brings me joy to organize this event that allows us to work together to help others. My second biggest philanthropic achievement would be becoming a member and chair of Friends of Community Recreation. FCR is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to residents of Albany County. Our main goal is to provide funding to those in financial hardship so they can continue to participate in recreational activities, like basketball, yoga, or bowling. We also provide shower passes to local businesses so individuals can shower at the Rec Center for free. We strive to help people of all ages. I am filled with joy every time the board brings forward a new idea to help those in the community. Currently, we are working with Laramie Advisory Commission on Disabilities (LACD) to purchase and install a wheelchair swing at one of our parks. This will be the first wheelchair accessible swing in Laramie.
What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?
The event that makes me the proudest which I think has the biggest impact on the community is the holiday drive. As I explained above in my previous answer, I am touched by the amount of people we are able to reach and impressed by the outpour of support our community provides.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
What excites me most about the future of Laramie is that every year there are increasing opportunities to be involved in the community and give back. Recently I found out that churches have pulled together to provide a homeless shelter for those in need, not only giving individuals a place to stay but also providing classes and counselors for those who need it.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I think the thing that has helped me be successful in my endeavors is the support from my friends, family, and especially co-workers. They have all given me so much advice and supported the many projects I have taken on. They wholeheartedly believe in me and knowing that they are there to help me become the best person I can be has been amazing.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
The best advice I could give to other young professionals is to find what you are passionate about and go for it. Life is too short to be bored or unhappy.