Position: Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Organization: Bismarck Burleigh Public Health
Program Name: Tobacco Prevention and Control Department
How long have you been involved in tobacco control?
What brought you to tobacco control work?
I dabbled in Tobacco Prevention and Control work while interning with my aunt at a public health unit in Minnesota the summer before my sophomore year in college. My first job after graduating graduation was as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Department at Bismarck Burleigh Public Health and I have been here ever since! I have always had a passion for changing the world and learned that through policy, advocacy, and education I can make a positive impact on my community and future generations.
What is your favorite part of empowering youth?
My favorite part of empowering youth is to see them grow in confidence and strength in a world where they may feel that their voice will not be heard. Each time I a have the opportunity to work with youth or young adults in making a positive impact on their community I cannot help but feel immensely proud of the courageous individuals they are and will continue to become.
What do you do in your free time?
My favorite thing in the world is traveling and hiking in the mountains! I love to read and practice yoga. Instead of listening to music in the car I enjoy listening to audio books from all different genres. On the weekends my husband and I watch movies, binge Netflix and Hulu shows, playing Sims 4 on the computer and Minecraft on XBOX ONE. During the summer I play on a sand volleyball team, eat A LOT of Smores’ Blizzards from Dairy Queen, and watch the latest episodes of Game of Thrones!