Buffalo County, WI is home for me. My spouse and I are home owners growing roots in our communities. We were both raised by Wisconsin families. Following in our family's footsteps, we have come full circle moving to this unique area of our state.
A daughter of Wisconsin, I was born in Baraboo "between the bluffs" and grew up in south-central area of our state. I am an enrolled citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, raised within a multicultural family. Also, I am a descendant of Ho-Chunk Nation, Yaqui Nation, Mexican heritage and more. On top of that, I am a descendant of immigrant great-grandparents. Because of that, I have ancestry from the European continent. This heritage includes German, Polish, Norwegian, and others.
Being of a multicultural family, I embrace my diversity and utilize my experience to bring a unique perspective to the table. Recognizing my how my communities intersect and parallel is a consistent habit I have. It allows me to see, our communities have far more in common than in differences. In short, I am of Indigenous descent from the North American Continent and of European decent. One could say, I am "All American".
My background exposed me to cultures and deepened my understanding of history. I spent a majority of my youth in Janesville, WI where I was taught several lessons in community, friendship, self-determination and the importance of an equitable education.
After graduating I entered the workforce. My work experience began by entering the food industry. Income needs led me to customer service within collections. Later, I moved into management positions within the retail industry realizing my love for our state's natural beauty after working for an outdoor outfitter.
Knowing how beautiful our State and communities are, I also saw areas of opportunity. In 2013, I decided to further my education. Soon, I will be a graduate of Winona State University in the discipline of Legal Studies. My hope is to use this information to serve my communities in an equitable way striving for a healthy, sustainable society for generations to come.
Drive to Serve
Connecting with our community's history, our neighbors and surrounding towns has instilled a drive within me. This drive is for sustaining our environment, healthy communities, honoring American Indian rights, maintaining access to our local and state governments, as well as supporting Wisconsin's rich heritage of local farms.
In recognizing my responsibility to serve, I have taken on the role of former president and current director at the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance a local non-profit organization. Also, I am a founder ofTurtle Island Student Organization and the Indigenous Learning Garden Initiative at Winona State University. Currently, I am an intern for the Winona Human Rights Commission, These experiences have provided invaluable lessons.
Through recognition of this work I have been the recipient of theWinona State University President's Civic Engagement Award, theMinnesota Campus Compact President's Student Leadership Award and accepted the John Latsch Human Rights Award on behalf of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance as president of that organization. As I remain grateful for these honors, I recognize the responsibility of continuing on. There is still work to be done.
Community, participation and accountability are aspects of life that I value. I love the outdoors, my family, our two dogs and there is nothing like spending an evening by the Mississippi or on lakes in our beautiful state. Love for these aspects of life and beyond has led me to engage in equitable as well as mutually beneficial relationships encouraging the practice of sustainable conscious communities.
Born and raised in south-central WI to a multicultural family instilled value for diversity, communication, natural beauty of our state, its cultures and rich history. Living in Buffalo County has affirmed these values. Along with this outlook, I love engaging with passionate community members, spending time with family and friends. An important part spending that time is bonding with others while enjoying the outdoors at bonfires, while fishing, at powwows, and getting out to local festivities. After all, Wisconsin is a good place to live. I hope to keep it that way.