Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a farm near New Hampton, Iowa. I loved every minute of it and most of my family is still there. I think the values and work ethic you gain when you grow up in a rural community become an integral and invaluable part of who you are.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Brian and I have been married for 16 years and we have two boys—Ben is 13 and Asher is 9. We share our household with a cat, a Yorkie and a Mini Bernedoodle.
What do you do for a living?
Since we’ve had the boys, I’ve been a stay-at-home mom. Brian and I decided early on that we would adjust our lifestyle however necessary in order for me to be home with the boys. Two years ago, I started my own photography business. I really enjoy getting to know different people and families through 123, Eyes On Me Photography.
What made you want to volunteer your time and become part of the Waukee city council?
We specifically chose Waukee as the place we wanted to settle down and raise our boys. Once I realized the impact the city council had on our daily life, I knew I wanted to be a part of those decisions. I wanted to be part of the discussion, planning and process of how our city grows and operates. I want it to continue to be the premiere, quality, safe community we were seeking when we moved here.
For you personally, what makes Waukee so special?
The people! That includes the ones who have been here forever, the ones who just moved here—everyone. We all want our town to be a safe, beautiful place. I know the landscape has changed dramatically, but it really comes down to relationships, and those haven’t changed. I can still run into everyone I know at the grocery store, or a school function or the park. Those relationships are crucial to keeping a community special.