Being able to live and work in Upper Michigan is a dream come true. I was born and raised in the U.P. and pursued a career with the National Park Service after graduating college. I was fortunate to live and work in beautiful places like Maine, Virginia, and Alaska while working in a variety of unique roles from firefighting to public information officer to being an educator and curriculum coordinator and visitor center supervisor. Through all of my travels and living in so many different places, I developed a greater appreciation for Upper Michigan and was anxious to return home. Living in the Keweenaw for the past twenty years has allowed me to get to know the different communities and develop strong friendships and valued partnerships. My foray into the nonprofit field started long before I earned a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management as I often volunteered for or served on different local nonprofit boards. My interests reflect my past board and nonprofit engagement from cross country skiing (Ski Tigers) to a love of reading (Copper Country Reading Council) to being on the water kayaking (Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative) to serving and working with people (Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and Copper Shores Meals on Wheels). Coming home and raising my family in the area that I hold dear is a full circle journey that is both rewarding and joyful.