Although I was born in Cedar Rapids, for most of my childhood, I was raised in Decorah. I graduated from Decorah High School in 2001 and subsequently attended the University of Iowa. While at the U of I, I was unsure what career path I wanted to focus on. I transferred to AIB in 2002 and completed their real-time reporting program in 2005.
In February of 2006, I began working for the First Judicial District for Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Block. I absolutely loved working with Judge Block, but unfortunately was laid off with the budget cuts in 2009. At that point, I freelanced for two years, all the while, knowing my goal was to be back working for the State. When an opportunity came open in the Second Judicial District, I jumped on it and worked there as a rover for three years. I met some amazing people in the Second District and thoroughly enjoyed the work; however, the travel got to be too much. When there was an opening again in Black Hawk County in April of 2014, I applied and have been working there ever since for our Chief Judge, Judge Kellyann Lekar. I am incredibly happy and feel extremely fortunate to be working in my current position.
I live in Cedar Falls and have three beautiful daughters: Brinleigh, born in 2010; Matilyn, born in 2013; and Vivian, born in 2018. I am currently pregnant and expecting my fourth daughter in October of 2020 with my significant other, Joe.
I am so honored to serve as your secretary on the ICRA Board and look forward to a wonderful year.