Fifth-Generation Montanan; From the Rocky Mountains to the Prairies - I thrive in this biome, and hope to give back to her as much as possible.
- Arts - Literature/Spoken Word
- Arts - Visual
- Design / Marketing
- Human Resources
- Finding a Mentor
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Career Opportunities
- Leadership Opportunities
Customer Service and Communication, Computer Application(s) MAC/PC, Multi-Tasking, Writing and Editing, Design/Aesthetic
I have always been a bit of a self-starter – and as a result, I produce some of my best work by my own hand; however, one of my proudest collective moments came about when I was just 16-years-old, and began volunteering for the Free Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic in Helena, Montana.
The outward goal of this Clinic was to help Montana pet owners afford basic necessities, like spay/neuter surgery, which can often be an unanticipated cost for low-income households – which only increases if you care for multiple animals; For example, rural ranchers and farmers would often catch and supply nearly 25 barn cats every season for surgery, in order to help diminish the population of feral cats, who were often subject to disease.
During my time there, I ascended ranks to eventually become somewhat of a ‘veterinary assistant’ – cleaning surgical equipment, guiding and maintaining air tubes, prepping cats and dogs for their procedure, and of course, assisting with recovery. After several consecutive years volunteering, I saw how much of a difference our Clinic made in the lives of local Montanan families, as well as in the next generation of animals; however, perhaps the greatest take-away I received from volunteering, resulted from an epiphany regarding how humans can work together to support one another – while defining my own humanitarian role in this world, as I gave back to the community that had raised me.
If I could continue doing something of that caliber for the rest of my life, I would say it was a life well lived.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
I am open to anything and everything – questions, comments, concerns, opportunities etc. I enjoy being an active resource by supporting Montana’s women through my various skill sets.
By trade, I am an avid endurance cyclist – I participate in and promote charity/volunteer tours all-across Montana’s vast highway systems. Most recently, I completed RATPOD, or Ride Around The Pioneers in One Day, which amounted to 130 miles near Dillon, Montana.
I often wear my Rosie the Riveter jersey and speak to other, mostly male, riders about what it’s like to be a female cyclist. One goal I have for myself, as I continue to train for other tours, would be to sponsor other women cyclists, or to advocate for women’s rights – in order to support Montana’s largest untapped resource: the collective genius of our women and girls!