Year you graduated from K-State: 2011
Major/Minor(s): Agricultural Communications and Journalism, Leadership minor
What you are up to now (school, work, etc)? Kansas Department of Agriculture Education and Event Coordinator, as well as state Trademark Program Director
Where do you live? Topeka, KS
Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Without a doubt, teaching a small group in the Intro to Leadership course my Jr. year - I still keep in touch with some of my students. We had a very tight-knit group of architecture students who absolutely ate up the leadership theories, techniques for personal vision and more.
What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I absolutely love working with students, and one of my passions is to cultivate young leaders to be prepared when they enter the workforce. I believe very much in mentoring and "passing it on" to those generations to come - which I am excited we will get to play a key role in for current leadership minor students.
What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? That we create a plan for the entire year: BIG picture what our purpose is, the needs we are here to serve, and how we will do this. I am a big promoter of creating the process of change or influence we desire before creating an event. Events are there as supplements to launch a process of change and impact, however we must know what that vision is first. Also, I expect to get to know some of the current leadership students and be involved with helping them on their journey of development in college.
Anything else you would like to share: Being innovative and creative with education is something I absolutely love and strive to do with the many roles I play. Besides my full-time job with the KS Dept. of Agriculture I also work part-time for the National FFA Organization as a leadership conference and curriculum consultant - this is more of play time for me rather than work. :-) I hope to incorporate my past experiences and knowledge to contribute to this group, as well as continue to develop personally from the other members of the advisory board. Pumped to start working with everyone!