My Piece of the Puzzle
- I analyze work patterns to find efficient processes
- I oversee complex projects from inception to completion
- I mobilize teams towards a common goal and troubleshoot any roadblocks that arise on the way
I grew up in a small rural community in Northwest Ohio. My parents worked 2-3 jobs each, (it always felt like more), to keep my family together. From a young age, I was expected to help out. When my mother went to a cleaning job, I came along and cleaned with her. I have a vivid memory of mopping floors with a mop that was taller than me. In my neighborhood, people didn’t live paycheck to paycheck. They lived from paycheck – to community outreach – to neighbor helping neighbor – to paycheck. In short, I grew up with a strong work ethic and a sense of community. By the time I was college-age, I realized that for families like mine to be healthy and financially free, they needed to have pathways to success and access to education. I needed an education. I enrolled in classes at Bowling Green State University with the intention of becoming a teacher. Little did I know my skills were better aligned with project management. I was determined to improve the community that I grew up in. I wanted to make a difference like so many idealistic young people before me. Following graduation, I worked for children’s services to ensure that children like me could remain in their homes and with their families. I quickly came to see poverty and a lack of marketable skills as one of the biggest impediments to reunification. I searched for quick training programs that could develop in-demand skills which would lead to high-wage jobs. When I couldn’t find these programs in my area, I left children’s services to work on grant proposals for training programs at my local community college. Over the next decade, I would write and manage over $16 million in grant-funded employment training programs and student support initiatives that promote equity in education. I also found a love of project management and helping people to accomplish seemingly impossible goals. I developed programs to help adults attain their high school diplomas. I saw how gaps in the education system caused kids to become disenfranchised and I developed a desire to make state and district-level changes. As a project manager at reDesign, I have the opportunity to do just that. I help reDesigners to create tools and rethink systems that so learners can be agentic and empowered to shape their own future. I am a project manager at reDesign so that one day a child will be able to see the needs of their family, and their community, and have the tools and support to raise up their own communities.
What I’ve Been Inspired to Work On
Since 2012 I have been in the field of competency-based education with the goal of uplifting and educating women, returning citizens, and underserved individuals so that they can gain financial liberation. Through this work, I have leveraged Department of Labor and National Science Foundation grants to create MOOCs and networked improvement communities that improve the effectiveness and access of advanced manufacturing courses. This work can be found at Skills Commons and ATE Central
What Brings Me Joy in the World
Outside of work my husband, three kids, and extended family keep me pretty busy. Whenever I have a moment to myself I try to spend it at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Volunteering also brings me joy. Over the years I have been a boy scout and girl scout leader and held career exploration workshops at my local community college. I am currently running a youth group for sixth graders at a local church. I enjoy the work, being around young purple, and being a part of a community.
Learning Communities & Credentials
- Certified Project Manager Professional (PMP)
- BA Psychology, Bowling Green State University
- MS Management and Leadership, Western Governors University
From our reDesign community to yours, we look forward to connecting, co-designing, learning, and sharing with you.