- Human Resources
- Community Organizer
- Public Speaking
- Serving on a Board
- Career Opportunities
- Public Office
- Leadership Opportunities
In 2009, I graduated from the University of South Carolina (USC) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, focusing on a dual concentration in Human Resource Business Management and Marketing, and a minor in Psychology. While attending USC, I maintained a 3.42 GPA, was on the Dean’s Honor List, and was awarded a Business Administrations Scholarship in 2008. During that time, I was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Gamecock Leadership Society, and the Aiken Debutant Society; it was through this community involvement that I discovered my passion for leadership and service. Upon graduation, my husband and I relocated to Missoula, MT where he began attending the University of Montana Law School.
Following our relocation, I gained employment at a private business as a member of their administrative support team. During that time I focused my energy on refining my organizational, professional, and managerial skills, but after being there for a year, I recognized that although I valued the administrative field, I was in need of a more rewarding and personally fulfilling career path. I then applied for and accepted the Administrative Associate position at the Clinical Psychology Center (CPC), a branch of the University of Montana’s Psychology Department, where I was an integral part of this team for over two years. Their mission is to provide high quality mental health services at a reasonable fee for Missoula and the surrounding communities and I experienced this position to be particularly rewarding. I feel fortunate that my position at the Clinical Psychology Center enabled me to merge my enthusiasm for service with my career aspirations, and also me the chance to play an active role in the betterment of the Missoula community.
In an effort to further serve and become connected to my new community, I started volunteering with the Families First Missoula Children’s Museum, Imagine Missoula, and other community organizations. At the Children’s museum, I worked closely with the Programs and Volunteer Coordinator to develop and implement pre-literacy programs for preschool children including dramatic play, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. I also helped create, facilitate, and organize the Kids Read to Kids, Story time with Amelia Bedilia, and Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus biweekly programs in order to integrate imaginative and engaging curricula to the Children’s Museum calendar. As a member of Imagine Missoula, a local community assistance organization, I had the opportunity to preparing meals for single expecting mothers and form meaningful relationships with senior citizens through activities such as gardening, occasional dinners, and frequent visits. These volunteer opportunities, as well as my time working with the Big Sky Film Festival and the Missoula Downtown Association, showed me how imperative it is to become a contributing member of my community.
Since moving to Billings in 2012, I was employed at the YWCA-Billings Employment and Training Center as an Employment Specialist and my most recent position was Program Manager for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) Office for Community Involvement. At MSUB, my primary responsibility was to develop and implement programs for expanding community involvement and out reach opportunities for the students, faculty and staff. During that time I supervised and facilitated several programs including: AmeriCorps Compact Service Corps, the Work Study Service Team, the Yellow Jacket Tutor Program at Senior High School, Partners in Education with the Education Foundation and McKinley Elementary School, United Blood Service MSUB Blood Drives, and Service Saturday events with numerous community non-profits. My position at MSUB allowed me to immerse myself in the Billings community, encouraged me to continue my educational and professional growth, and allowed me to realize my full potential as a public servant.
I left that position in January 2015 after the birth of my son, Henry and have since welcomed a daughter, Judith to our family as well! During the first years of their lives, I’ve focused my attention on my family, our church, and the creation and development of the Wise Wonders Children’s Museum. As a member of the Wise Wonders Board of Directors since 2013, I‘ve served on several committees, been Executive Secretary, performed Human Resource Consulting, and I currently serve as Board President. The Wise Wonder’s Children’s Museum successfully opened it’s doors to the public on June 23rd, 2015 and since that time we’ve hired an Executive Director, completed Strategic Planning, wrapped up a $50,000.00 Foundation Builders Campaign, and transitioned from a working board to employing Museum Staff and turning our attention to Governance, Long Term Planning, and initiating Capital Campaign Development.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
Please contact me if you:
- Have questions about my current or previous professional experience.
- Are interested in developing a friendship or mentor relationship.
- Know of an opportunity I might be interested in pursing.