Born in a small, rural town in southwestern Minnesota, I grew up on a horse farm and learned a lot about life and the practicalities of surviving and thriving on the wind-swept prairie of the upper Midwestern United States. Some of my earliest life lessons were learned while baling hay, picking rocks, and riding beans as a hired hand for the nearby corn and soybean farmers. I think my dad was born a generation too late, as he preferred to do everything around our alfalfa and horse farm with draft horses and horse-drawn machinery rather than tractors, so I learned how to put up hay the old-fashioned way, drive a team of draft horses or mules, and also the joy of riding my favorite horse bareback while barefoot on sunny Minnesota summer afternoons!
I attended college in Minnesota, and a year after graduating with a degree in Theology, I met my husband Tim while we were both coaching at my alma mater, we became friends quickly, fell in love, and were married 11 months from the day we first met. The most amazing man I know, Tim is also my best friend and the love of my life, and we have already had lots of wonderful adventures in our nearly 20 years of marriage, having lived in 9 states in that time!
I completed my MBA online in 2003 at what is now one of the top online MBA programs in the U.S., Liberty University. The emphasis in leadership sparked a continued interest in the ways that great leadership can make business more than just about the bottom line. While enrolled full-time in the MBA program, I also took a full-load semester of grad classes on campus at a university in Pennsylvania, thinking that I would enjoy a degree in Mass Communication and Education Technology. Unfortunately, the program was ineptly named and turned out to be really all about Instructional Design, which has actually helped me in developing curriculum for classes and seminars over the years! I like to have a lot going at once…I seem to thrive with lots of variety!
I have just completed a PhD in Organizational Leadership online, and an article about my dissertation is about to be published in a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. I’m definitely a lifelong learner and am loving learning more about psychology with the hopes of applying the understanding of it and personality differences to the benefit of my marriage and to my clients!
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