What do you do at NDSC?
Following retirement from state government, I work part time as the NDSC Business Development Manager and Operation Lifesaver Program Manager. My role with business development includes establishing partnerships with business and industry to create safety training into their client services and recruit for training opportunities; seeking grant opportunities for training, equipment and other needed services; and assisting the Business Development Manager with multiple responsibilities. I also oversee Operation Lifesaver, the rail safety program for North and South Dakota.
Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
In my previous job, I was responsible for the NDDPI Health and Safe Schools and Adult Education units. The safety and wellbeing of our state’s youth and children as our future is very important to me and prevention was paramount for working with schools across the state. The responsibilities in Adult Education involved working with New Americans. Coming into America and ND, from all over the world, their personal and family safety was a huge component of our education and training programs to help them be safe, and the best workers, family and community members they can be.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening, photography, reading, spending time with family and friends
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Madagascar; my earliest recollection was of the missionaries who brought things to church and their stories of the landscape and people has always stayed with me and intrigued me.
I like all genres of music – as long as I don’t have to sing!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Teaching people to be kind, to stop and enjoy your daily surroundings and those you’re with.
What animal most closely matches your personality?
A big grizzly bear – loves to nap, lumbers along, loves fish, but will take you out in a flash if I have to.
What’s on your bucket list?
Riding in a hot air balloon, learning to eat with chopsticks, and taking the train to Banff (Alberta, Canada)