I was born and raised in Colorado. I love being outdoors — biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, riding horses. I have been married to Clark for 34 years and our son, Ryan, is studying to become a Commercial Pilot at the University of North Dakota. We have lived in Redwood Falls for 31 years and truly love this town.
I have a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas as well as a Master’s degree in Corporate and Community Fitness from the University of Minnesota – Mankato. I love to help & see people build their health and accomplish things they never thought they could do – whether it’s show up in the gym on a consistent basis, run a 5k, change their body composition, or develop positive habits.
The best part of my job is seeing change for the good unfold on a daily basis. I love working with dedicated and fun co-workers and continuing to learn new techniques and research-based actions to help build their health.
I was a member of the United States National Cup Soccer Team from 1980-1983.
I have run two half marathons. This is fun/amazing because until 2010, running anything longer than 400 meters at a time seemed so impossible. I was a sprinter in high school and college. Then, with patience, perseverance, and a new mindset, I developed the ability to run longer distances — and like it! I am not all that speedy or even competitive, but I love how distance running helps me feel.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I used to think this was a terrible quote, as saying this can be disrespectful/uncaring to a person who is going through a hard time. However, after having lived with “lemons” for awhile, I found the truth/helpfulness of this statement. Now, I say this quote to myself often.
Due to a car accident and other events, I have health issues that cause me excessive pain. There is nothing anyone can do to “fix it.” These issues have caused me to be labeled “disabled.” While technically true, I can choose to make the best of it. With help from God and a few close friends, I found internal resources that I never knew existed – which help me overcome bad days. I have caring folks around me that encourage me to stay strong. now, within my new limits, I can work a little, read, study, think and share insights that may help others through their bad days. It is not easy nor always fun, but I am into making as much lemonade as possible these days.