When I wasn’t sprinting down the runway in College (Track & Field), I spent my scholastic time taking classes in graphic design, marketing, advertising, public relations, web development, and various art classes (including glass blowing) to become more well-rounded.
As a student for life, I always try to keep updated with current industry trends and I spend a lot of time reading. Some of my favorite books are: How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
I currently spend a few hours every week mentoring/assisting community members with tech-related problems. I also volunteer for the American Red Cross (Washington D.C. National Headquarters) – Global Disaster Preparedness Center where I have the privilege to contribute to Red Cross organizations around the world. I’m also involved with the Nebraska Chapter for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’m involved with The Furniture Project – Omaha, and I had the privilege to join them as a Web Development volunteer. I’m also a regular volunteer at the local food bank – Heartland Hope Mission. As for professional groups, I currently serve on the board for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Greater Omaha and also on the council for Young Professionals (Chamber of Commerce).