I enjoy the outdoors, coffee, baking, and anything set in a historical period, especially the 18th Century. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.
Many would say I have an old soul. I was born and raised on a farm just outside of Decatur. I have always loved getting to know people, so I attended Olivet Nazarene University and graduated with a Bachelors' in Social Work in 2019. Then in 2020, I received my Master’s in Social Work. I have researched food insecurity, employment, healthcare, and communities.
During my undergraduate, I published scholarly research in the Food Security and Social Work Commons that proposed the need for mentorship to decrease barriers to employment and increase life skills development among community members in Kankakee, IL. My research has been presented at R.J. Van Drunen & Sons, Inc., Green Tech Touch, and Olivet’s Scholars Week. I have worked in human services for eight years and met many wonderful people from different walks of life. I am passionate about promoting social justice so that all people have equal access. I am thrilled to serve the people of Decatur as the Community Resource Coordinator!
“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.”