I am a student of life, and a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Health Communication. I believe health and wellness should be important to everyone, and I believe health education and patient advocacy are the solution to many of the reoccurring problems we see in our healthcare system today. Through my education I have found an ability to share and express my findings about health and healthcare through writing. To do this, I post periodically to A Healthier Michigan, a Michigan based blog with one goal – to make everyone in the state of Michigan healthier from the inside out.
In my free time, I am a 4-year assistant coach for the Junior Varsity Baseball team at Rockford High School. I also do color commentating for High School sports in West Michigan through the Michigan Sports Radio network on the Mlive Game of the Week. I love the outdoors and always do my best to acknowledge the beauty of God’s creation.
As a young professional of an emerging generation I continually seek to improve my leadership skills and educate myself on the issues that affect the people of my city. I am a 2012 graduate of the Emerging Leaders Series, a leadership development program associated the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. I earned my nonprofit board certification from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in 2012, and I currently volunteer time to the board of directors at Friends and Family of Cystic Fibrosis. In 2014, we were able to raise more than $65,000 through our signature event Bid for Bachelors and Bachelorettes.
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” – Harold S. Geneen