Hometown: Mission, SD
Local SDRW Club: Minnehaha-Lincoln Republican Women
Where were you born? Mission, South Dakota. I grew up on a large farm/ranch right outside of Mission.
Occupation: I am the Community Navigator for Call to Freedom. Call to Freedom is an anti-human trafficking group in Sioux Falls that helps victims and survivors of human trafficking to thrive after escaping trafficking. As Community Navigator it is my job to go into communities across South Dakota and train law enforcement, medical personnel, shelters, community groups and schools on how to identify human trafficking and then how to respond once a victim is identified.
Tell us about your family: I have a beautiful, 3-year-old daughter named Rylee, who is my whole world. My parents and my brother, his wife, and brand-new son-my first nephew! - still live on the farm/ranch near Mission. My dad and brother are both organic farmers and raise a large buffalo herd.
Tell us why you belong to SDFRW and feel free to share any special activities and/or committees you have been involved with: I belong to SDFRW because I have been a staunch Republican since I was a little girl and love being around other strong women. I am the Social Media Chair for both Minnehaha-Lincoln Republican Women and SDFRW. I love getting to post interesting articles and upcoming events to keep people informed about what is happening in the clubs!
Hobbies and other volunteer organizations: I used to be a personal trainer at a women’s gym for about a year and a half and I now train a group of 30 ladies through Zoom-an online video app- every morning at 5:30 am. One of my passions is making other women see their full potential and to feel good about themselves.
List a few fun or interesting things about yourself: I have been on Senator Rounds’s campaign and worked as his State Field Representative in his official office, I was Dr. Ben Carson’s Des Moines Area Director and personal assistant and was able to drive him around Iowa, and I was Marty Jackley’s East River Director during his gubernatorial campaign. I love politics just a little if you can’t tell.
Who is your favorite Republican and why? My favorite Republican is Dr. Ben Carson. I was honored to work on his Presidential campaign in Iowa and got to know him very well as a person. Not only is he an incredible human being, but his life story truly exemplifies the American dream.
Favorite quote or Bible verse:
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
“Be the kind of person who makes other people want to up their game.”