Hometown: Born and raised in Chicago. At the age of 16, my parents opened a restaurant in Ladysmith.
Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer? I wanted to move into higher education, but I wanted to choose an institution that would help me to grow and supported my values. I chose Viterbo because of the embodiment of the values demonstrated to me a number times during my interview process.
Of the five Viterbo values, which resonates with you most and why? Integrity. Because of my research on negative/toxic behaviors in leadership, I have learned that integrity is the most important component. When trust and honesty are lacking, all is lacking. Relationships are damaged and partnerships cannot be restored.
Hobbies: Knitting baby hats and blankets for a southside Chicago hospital, reading, playing Scrabble, and traveling.
Unique fact about you: I have unusually large optical nerves and many physicians thought I had glaucoma as a child. However, I did not and since this was quite rare, my eyes and the nerves of my eyes have been photographed and published in several different textbooks as examples of large optical nerves. My first time being published!
Anything about your family you would like to share: I am very close to my family. My father passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. My mother lives in Eau Claire and I try to visit often. I have a sister and brother, both older than I am, and a "nephew" that is a big cuddly silver lab.