I was born (literally, a home birth in the living room) and raised outside of Willow River. After graduating from Willow River School in 2006, I wanted a big change of scenery and moved to St. Paul. A couple years later I moved back and started a job at Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment (PHASE), where I worked with people with disabilities and severe and persistent mental illness. At the same time, I worked in the deli at Chris’ Food Center and at the Citgo gas station in Sandstone.
It was at that gas station where I met my husband. He was the barber in town and would come in every morning to get coffee and a newspaper. We moved to Duluth in 2011, buying a house in 2013 – eventually renovating every single room. A year later we got married in my parent’s backyard.
While living in Duluth, I worked at a day program for people with disabilities called Udac. For the 8 years I was at Udac, I worked with seniors that have Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Advocating for people with this disease became a passion of mine. I led learning sessions on Person First Language and built curriculum to suit each person’s needs.
In 2017 we had a son named Charlie. After many talks and weighing pros and cons for over a year, we decided to leave our careers, sell our house, and move back home. As Charlie got older, we realized we wanted to raise him the way we grew up – in the country, closer to family. In July of 2019, we bought a little house in the woods in Kerrick and, once again, immediately began renovating every room.
Working for Monarch Counseling Service means I can stay home full time with my son – which has been a dream of mine since he was born. In my free time, I love eating ice cream, laughing with my family, and attempting crafts I find off Pinterest.