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Residence: An acreage north of St. Anthony.

Hometown: Born and raised in Marshalltown.

Family: I have been married to Ron – also a Marshall County native – for a truly amazing 41 years!

Pets: Our canine kid, Schaefer, is a handsome lad and the best boy he can be.

Hobbies and Interests: I have approximately 1.5 acres of gardens that feature an assortment of ornamental grasses, perennials, shrubs, trees and other sites that provide wildlife habitat. I love to travel, read books that are bound rather than appear on a screen, write and take photographs.


Occupation: I have been employed as the office assistant at Marshall County Farm Bureau since March 2010. It’s a great gig that includes working with the county members, producing articles and photos for the county page in the weekly Farm Bureau Spokesman, and of course, handling the day-to-day office business details. My previous professional incarnations have included owning Allied Printing Services, a full-service commercial print shop for 16 years and arranging/conducting travel experiences for Iowa high school band and choral groups as a student group director. I’ve also taught CPR and first aid for pets and people of all ages as an American Red Cross instructor.

If I could change jobs: I would love to volunteer as a “gofer” on an archeological dig.


Books: I’ve met very few books I didn’t like, but I do love to revisit my old friends from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger.

Films: “Bell, Book & Candle,” directed by Roy Baker and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” directed by Blake Edwards.

Food: Definitely in favor of it.

Sports: The Winter Olympics.

Community: I know that the people of Marshalltown as well as those throughout the county continue to be our strongest assets as our communities move toward their futures.

Mentors: While I still learn something from nearly every one I meet along the way, so much of what I learned from my first employer, I continue to use both personally as well as professionally. Thanks, Roy!

Local involvement: Currently, the Marshalltown Garden Club, Central Iowa Family Planning and, of course, Marshall County Farm Bureau but past associations have included the Central Business District (Spring Extravaganza and the Holiday Stroll), 21- year Marshall County Pheasants Forever director and past president, and the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Advice: Life is all about the journey not the destination, so make every moment count and take advantage of the adventures that wait right around the corner.