I am born and raised in Yankton. I went to Sioux Falls for college, but came back for family. After spending over a decade working in Human Resources I realized that I was tired of sitting behind a desk all day. I turned my part-time job as a librarian to a full-time career. I’ve been taking fitness classes since high school, but found a home at Empower. Hot Yoga drew me in, and once I tried cycle and kickboxing I was hooked! I always thought I’m here for the workout, not to make friends, but when you are sweating, struggling, and celebrating with others it’s hard not to fund connections. No one is more surprised than I am, that I am a coach. But I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and challenge other people’s expectations of what a fitness instructor should look like. As a coach it’s so rewarding seeing someone’s smile after their first class and seeing how much they improve every class.