Currently, I am the Marketing/Development Officer for Sunset Zoo. Due to the fact that I grew up in Manhattan, my connection with the Zoo began at an early age – in fact, my first employer was the Zoo’s concession stand and gift shop. From there, I worked my way up to serve as the Zoo’s Marketing Assistant from 2005-2008 while pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Kansas State University. While at K-State, I also pursued a minor in Leadership Studies and was named a 2007 Udall Scholar for my commitment to global conservation efforts. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, I served as the Director of Kansas Mentors – a statewide effort to bolster local youth mentoring organizations. My work led to over 5,000 new mentors recruited statewide and the development of sustainable infrastructure for the program within state government. In 2010, I followed my love for Kansas State University to serve as a Development Officer for the KSU Foundation. Throughout my career, I have had a dedication to public service and the opportunity to promote our great state. My husband, Matt, and I reside in Wamego with our Rat Terrier, Roxy. The lessons and experiences that I received through my Leadership Studies minor have been a crucial asset. Understanding the importance of an inclusive attitude, caring approach, ethical character, appreciation for diversity and acceptance of the lifelong learning process are concepts that I encounter daily. Furthermore, my commitment to continually developing my ability to exercise leadership led to my recent selection as a participant in the Kansas Leadership Center’s Art & Practice of Civic Leadership Development for Kansas in their 20s & 30s.