Where are you from originally?
I grew up on a farm near Merrill, Iowa and attended LeMars Community Schools before heading off to Iowa State University. I’ve lived in the Des Moines area since 1992, so I definitely consider this home.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Lauren, and I met at Iowa State and just celebrated our 25th anniversary. We have two children—Abbey, who graduated from Waukee in 2013, and Jonah, who will graduate from Waukee this year.
How do you spend your free time?
In the summertime, we love to spend as much time as possible on our boat. Otherwise, I enjoy working out and relaxing with friends.
Tell us about the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
We’re a charitable foundation serving the Greater Des Moines area and 39 counties and communities throughout Iowa, including Dallas County. We hold 1,400 charitable funds and $390 million in assets—all for important charitable causes. We improve quality of life by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about, and providing leadership on important community issues.
What are some keys to your success?
I’ve been fortunate to have been able to follow my passions. Initially, that was by working with hospitalized children, and later, that passion evolved into giving back and building our community. I’ve furthered my education along the way to prepare for the work I do, and I’ve used mentors every step of the way. And of course, I’ve tried hard to follow God’s lead.
Do you have a favorite motivational quote?
Do what you love. Love what you do.
What are your favorite book(s) to read?
“The Purpose Driven Life” brought incredible clarity to my journey and inspired me to “go for it” in my career, because I realized the path was created on purpose, for a purpose.
What are you most looking forward to this fall?
I’m looking forward to watching some Waukee and Iowa State football games, spending some final days on patios, and sleeping with the windows open!