I have had a passion for health promotion and disease prevention from a very early age, and I really enjoy teaching in the HPM program! I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health from Truman State University, a Master's Degree in Community & Behavioral Public Health from the University of Iowa, and am a Certified Health Education Specialist.
I have worked in a variety of settings within the health promotion field, and have enjoyed them all! My first job out of college was an Assistant Wellness Coordinator for the County Health Department in Iowa City. I worked there for three years, and learned a lot about the challenges and successes involved in providing wellness initiatives within the work setting. I was fascinated by the fact that every work setting has its own culture, and there are even sub-cultures within an organization.....All of which impact the success of wellness initiatives in a variety of ways!
After graduate school, I was happy to land back in Omaha near my family. Upon returning to Omaha, I gained experience in community health promotion by working for the American Lung Association as a Program Director, and then I spent three years as the Operations Director for Allied Health Online Degrees at Nebraska Methodist College. I was not looking to leave NMC (I LOVED it there!!); however, when I had the opportunity to begin my current position at the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM), I knew it would be a great fit for my passion and previous experience in the health promotion field.
I really enjoy furthering WELCOM's mission by assisting companies across Nebraska as they create strategic wellness programs, and ultimately guiding companies to create cultures of wellness at the workplace. My hope is that by creating healthy norms at the workplace, where employees spend a majority of their time each week, those healthy behaviors will then trickle down and have a positive impact on employees' friends, family, and the community as a whole.
In the HPM program, I currently teach Theories & Principles of Health Promotion, and the Capstone course. I really enjoy getting to know the students during their first course in the program, and also working with them at the very end of their time in the program. It is very exciting to see the growth in students' knowledge, experience and insight that takes place from the beginning to the end of the program.
My husband and I have two young sons. They are both toddlers, so life is busy & quite entertaining on a daily basis. They are very sweet, and I feel extremely blessed to be their Mom. I have been told many times that they will be grown 'in the blink of an eye'. So, I make a conscious effort to enjoy the little things, and treasure every busy moment!