My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in a unstable home with a drug addict and major depressive mother. Father was rarely involved
Graduated high school barely and thought I would move to Vegas to become a stripper
Moved to Denver and became involved in the drug and alcohol scene. Moved to Vegas and became pregnant at the age of 20 and got clean. Decided maybe becoming a stripper was not going to happen.
Moved back to my home state of Wyoming with nothing except what would fit in my car. Got a low-income apartment and enrolled in college
Had my daughter and was a single parent for 1 year. Met my now husband and graduated from nursing school. (2006)
Began my career as a RN and finished my bachelor's degree (2013)
Had 2 more daughters, obtained a master's degree (2020)
Eventually worked my way up into the leadership position I am in now.


Maternal Child Health State Nurse Consultant

I oversee Public Health's home visitation program and other MCH duties including the nurses that provide this service.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

For this nursing job, it is very administrative and lots of travel. I manage grants, build programs and deal with the state government side of things.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Make a call. I had no idea what to do for college since I was a first generation graduate. I just made a call and they connected me with their single parent resources. That made the world of difference.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Nursing school is hard and you don't really have the drive to finish."

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
First-Generation College Student