I grew up Julesburg, Colorado, a small town located in the far northeast corner. I graduated from Julesburg High School and attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. I hold a Bachelor of Art in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. From Chadron, I moved to O'neill, Nebraska where I taught K-12 music at the St. Mary's School for 6 years. In addition to being a music fanatic, I am a volunteer firefighter and EMT, an avid motorcycle rider and a dog mom of two.