Who has inspired you?
My husband Pete and my sons Nick and Lucas have encouraged me to follow my passions. Both their interests and mine have led me down many paths in which I have met wonderful people and have gained invaluable experience.
Whom do you hope to inspire?
When we moved to Lincoln 20 years ago, I had no exposure to nonprofit work. Through years of volunteering for various organizations, I was able to acquire knowledge and skills. If you have a passion or interest, consider volunteering. The people you meet and the projects you work on will make both you and the community better.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is bringing people together to create a shared vision and goal. It is guiding the journey toward the goal. It is celebrating the accomplishments and addressing the challenges along the way. It is leading by example – you put your head down and do whatever needs to be done.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
“A rising tide lifts all boats.” The sum is better than its parts. When people work together as a team, the collective ideas and efforts are amazing. A truly great team effort to achieve a goal is an incredible feeling of accomplishment.
How would you describe a great day at work?
A great day at work is being surrounded by creative and dedicated colleagues. It is such a privilege to receive a donation of $25 to $2 million – what a humbling experience to be entrusted by so many generous people. I take a moment to honor each donation that comes to our organization. Watching the progress of our projects start with an idea and then come to fruition and conclude with a celebratory dedication is truly priceless.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?
My husband Pete told me, “Always strive to do the right thing, even though doing so can be very difficult at times.”
What is the highlight of your career so far?
I am humbled by the number of projects that I have been able to be a part of in Lincoln. Some of these projects include the Martin Prairie acquisition at Pioneers Park, the creation of Union Plaza, the renovation of the Hamann Rose Garden, the Centennial Mall renovation, Woods Tennis Center, the Pinnacle Bank Arena artwork by Ed Carpenter and Donald Lipski, and Tower Square. To be able to drive around Lincoln and see the progress that has been made by various teams of incredibly talented and visionary people is a highlight. I am grateful to have been a part of these.
How have you changed over the course of your career?
I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and I worked for several years in transplant and intensive care in a teaching hospital. I then took several years off to raise my two sons. During that time, I was able to volunteer for many great organizations that my family and I were involved in. These experiences led me to my current position. I am honored to be able to work with dedicated people who are committed to making Lincoln a better place to live and work and call home.