I received my B.S. in Sociology at Iowa State University and my M.A. in Sociology at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. My thesis was titled, "Factors Associated with Burnout Among Social Service Workers." There I worked on an evaluation of a credential program for social service workers which educates frontline social service workers to create partnerships with families they assist.
From 2005 until 2015 I was the Project Manager of the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center at the University of Minnesota; one of the centers in the Work, Family & Health Network.
From 2015 I have been a Research Specialist with Program Development at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.
- Campus-wide “Distinguished Thesis Award” November 2005
- Thesis unanimously selected as winner of the UMI/MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for 2006
- Minnesota Population Center “Outstanding Service Award” November 2010