Albany County Public Library
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being a non-profit leader in our community. Like many in our community, I work passionately everyday to make an impact. Each day I get to see how the public library positively changes lives in Laramie, while forming fulfilling relationships with community members who clearly see the library’s importance. I absolutely love my job, and I feel privileged to spend my time seeking support for a cause as important as the public library.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My primary personal development goal is to continue to seek opportunities that will best help me to put new ideas into practice and become a better director.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
The philanthropic achievement I am most proud of is contributing more than 400 voluntary service hours as a youth across the state of Wyoming to earn the Gold Congressional Award Medal. This accomplishment ignited my passion for service and put me on the path to dedicate my professional life to non-profit work.
What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?
The actions of the Laramie Noon Rotary Club have made a big difference in Laramie. This year I’m proud to serve as the president of an organization that follows the motto of Service Above Self, here in our community and around the world. Each year, the Laramie Rotary Club provides local organizations and groups with needed funding and volunteer help to accomplish important community projects. The Laramie Rotary Club has made a big impact on my professional life, while allowing me to give back to the community.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
Laramie has so many essential non-profits that work in harmony, with a willingness to partner with other organizations and support each other’s successes. I am excited to see how these organizations continue to grow and make Laramie a better place to live, with help from a generous and encouraging community. I am also excited to see how Laramie grows and changes to meet community needs.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I became the director of the Albany County Public Library Foundation when I was just 25, so the most important help I was given as a young professional in a directorship was the advice of great mentors. My main mentor is still my board chair, John M. Burman, who has been instrumental in my development as a non-profit director. A willingness to learn and make changes, seek networking opportunities, and work with dedication and purpose have all helped me to find success.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
My advice to other young professionals in Laramie would be to seek mentors that push you to be better; to get involved on boards and with civic organizations; and to work diligently and with passion to make an impact in Laramie.