Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I fell in love with graphic design at a young age. During an 8th grade job shadow to a local marketing agency, I abandoned my dream of becoming a veterinarian/lawyer, and decided to pursue my interest in design. Thanks to my high school’s partnership with the local community college, I was able to get an early start on my design education.

In 2011, I continued to pursue my education by attending Drake University for a degree in graphic design. By my sophomore year, I decided to pick up a second degree in creative advertising. This decision led me to a wonderful job opportunity at the Des Moines Radio Group. I started out as part-time promotions and eventually became the Digital Media Assistant. This job had really opened me amazing opportunities from concert photography to event planning.

After graduating, I began my career by becoming digital media designer for Gannett Imaging and Ad Design. With my eagerness to learn and Midwest worth ethic, I quickly began to work my way up through the company. Within my first year, I mastered a variety of workflows and eventually earned my current title of Quality Lead. With this new position, I closely work with supervisors and management to ensure our employees are meeting standards and assist with improving their skills.

When I’m not working, you can find me at home with my two rescued cats, Amaya and Merlot. I’ve always had a passion for animals since I was little. Growing up, I had a knack for bringing home a stray from time to time, including one exciting road trip that involved transporting a rescued bearded dragon from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids. Now I use that energy to help support a local no-kill shelter, Furry Friends Refuge, and educating others about animal welfare.

I'm also an avid crafter. From curtains to cosplays, I'm always thinking about my next craft project. In high school when my peers were saving up for their first cars, I was saving up for my first sewing machine. I don't get to as much sewing as I used too, but when I do find time for a project, it's always an adventure for me.