A dedicated professional with 15+ years of experience in program development and 7+ years experience in k-12 educational, science-based programming. Expert in project coordination, curriculum development, informal education, and community outreach. Possess excellent communication skills: verbal, written, and presentation. Awarded Professional and Scientific. Excellence Award from Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Key Skills

  • Project Coordination
  • Staff & Volunteer Recruitment
  • Process Development
  • Youth Programming & K-12 Education
  • Presentations & Public Speaking
  • Collateral Materials & Program Marketing

Work Experience

Program Assistant II

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 05/07 – present

  • Diversified departmental communication through new social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and email newsletter
  • Coordinate publication of annual alumni newsletter: serve as writer, editor, and designer while supervising graduate student writers
  • Design and conduct a variety of training programs for co-workers and students, including new student and faculty orientation programs
  • Manage departmental support of graduate students: payroll and LOI’s, teaching assignments, record-keeping
  • Collaborate across multiple intradepartmental programs to serve undergraduate course needs
  • Biology Scholarship Committee member and Biology Student Recognition Program Committee member
  • Provide office administrative support to a department of 35+ faculty and 60+ graduate students

IT Security Technician

Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA, 11/05 – 05/07

  • Trained coworkers in procedures and special projects via helpline
  • Developed and revised process and procedure documentation
  • Maintained and implemented security administration

Administrative Assistant

ManPower, Des Moines, IA, 09/05 – 11/05

  • Assisted department managers through the coordination of calendars, meetings, and travel arrangements
  • Created Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Power
  • Point presentations, and Visio documents

Programs Director

Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, 12/98 – 08/05

  • Presented and produced educational science programs for all SCI visitors, which included teacher training work-shops, one-on-one informal interactions, school field trip presentations, and large scale presentations
  • Wrote school field trip programming in conjunction with local school curriculum requirements
  • Managed summer camp program: crafted and distributed promotional materials, recruited and trained 20 seasonal staff, supervised 7 camps per week for approximately 11 weeks each summer
  • Supervised more than 30 full-time, part-time, and seasonal programming employees
  • Built partnerships with non-program departments and regional entities, creating cohesive offerings within the institution and community
  • Managed annual program’s budget ($100,000+) and departmental goals and objectives


Master of Arts

Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, & Psychology

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Bachelor of Science

Animal Ecology

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Additional Experience

Course Instructor

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 09/14 - present

  • Honors 322H - From Buffy to Wonder Woman: Exploring the Heroic Women of Pop Culture (S ‘16, S '17)
  • Religious Studies/ Women’s Studies 336 - Women and Religion (F ‘15)
  • Religious Studies/ Women’s Studies 439 - Goddess Spirituality (F ‘14)

Wellness Coach & Welcome Center Staff

YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines, IA, 06/2016 - present


Waldenbooks, West Des Moines, IA, 10/09 - 02/10


Bryan Animal Hospital, Des Moines, IA, 06/98 - 12/98