Are you involved currently in community or volunteer work? If so, what types of projects: Yes, Ham Lake | Blaine Rotary club. We have several projects involving Polio eradication, clean water, sponsoring a foreign high school student and STRIVE (Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) Blaine and Spring Lake Park High Schools. We award scholarships to the bottom 1/3 of seniors participating in this project.
Current job: Director of Professional & Workforce Training Anoka Technical College
Where did you attend college? Anoka Technical College (plus stops along the way at Century College, North Hennepin Community College and St. Paul College)
Major: Information Technology Management
What position(s) did you hold while in MSCSA? Director of Public Relations, Vice President and Student Senate President at Anoka Technical College
What drew you to become involved in MSCSA? I wanted to have a voice in how our money was being spent on campus. I saw the need for an on campus bookstore and motorcycle parking.
What did you learn from your experience in MSCSA that positioned you for future success? The value of networking with peers, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the trainings that I now use from MSCSA conferences.
What advice would you like to share with current/future members? Use all MSCSA offers to educate yourself and see how conferences and delegate assemblies are run. Remember that the college is here to help you and you are their most important customer. You represent more than just your personal interests when serving in this capacity.
Proudest MSCSA moment? It’s a three way tie between going to Washington, D.C. and keeping the Pell Grant from being cut, helping Anoka Technical College becoming an MSCSA Star Campus and Anoka Technical College President Shari Olson being named MSCSA President of the Year.
What leader inspires you? Representative John Kriesel. His attitude, passion, courage and that he still is one of us inspires me!