I grew up on a farm in central Illinois where we raise corn, soybeans, and a few pigs each year. I graduated from Western Illinois University (WIU) with a major in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and a minor in Outdoor Leadership. For the minor in Outdoor Leadership I traveled to Canada 28 days canoeing, western United States, and into Mexico sea kayaking for 10 days in the fall of 2015 part of a group called Environmental, Conservation and Outdoor Educational Expedition. While doing my undergraduate degree I worked at Horn Field Campus as a facilitator at a team building, high ropes, and low ropes course. During the summer I worked at North Star where I am cabin counselor for the past three summers and also have led a few trips as well. I also taught canoeing, outdoor living skills, climbing, and softball. In my free time, you can find me either canoeing, kayaking, hiking, playing sports, or umpiring.