Hi there! I grew up in the Midwest in the town of Plainfield, Illinois. Growing up I was most influenced by the many mentors and coaches I came across through sports. I can reflect on several people that truly impacted my life through their discipline, investment of me, and the wisdom they shared. Sports had such a way of giving me a unique lesson on life, winning and losing, and why a hard work ethic and solid attitude was and is so crucial in everything you do. Some of the greatest advice I’ve ever been given is that we’re entitled to nothing. If I wanted something, I better be willing to work for it—plain and simple! This really stirred a fiery motivation and grit in me from a young age.
I went to Northwestern University where I had the privilege of playing women’s volleyball in the Big Ten. I was also involved in a ministry organization called Athletes in Action – an organization that helps you grow as an athlete – physically, mentally, and spiritually.