My family’s roots go back nearly five generations in northern Michigan. This is my home.
By far my greatest accomplishment has been raising my son. In him I see the future, and it is for him I see a future worth fighting for.
I was lucky to grow up in Boyne City with my parents, brother, sister and lots of extended family. But I was also excited to discover life below the 45th parallel. After graduating from Boyne City High School in 1998 I went on to Michigan State University, ultimately earning my bachelor's in journalism from Central Michigan University in 2004.
From my grandpa who fought in the Korean War to my brother, former husband, and brother-in-law who served in currently active combat zones, my family has proudly served in all branches of the US Military. It has given me a unique perspective of life before, during and after service.
I also called Fort Sill, Oklahoma home, living on base and working for KSWO, 7News.
Giving back to my community is a vital part of who I am. Whether it's serving on the board of Boyne City's 4th of July Committee or coaching my son's Little League team, I enjoy making a difference.
One of my most influencing and illuminating experiences was a study abroad program, a winter semester in Spain during 2003. A notable time to be abroad as President Bush announced the commencement of military operations in Iraq. Little did I realize what a defining moment that would turn out to be in my life.