Director of Development
Radio has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up on a farm in Central Illinois, the AM dial was typically set to two stations. We spent most noon time meals with the agriculture reports from WMBD AM out of Peoria as background to our table conversation. WLS AM out of Chicago was the other favorite station, the soundtrack of my youth. I'm sure many other middle aged Midwesterners remember this Top 40 powerhouse.
My own radio career started as a student announcer at WGCS FM, the campus station at Goshen College in Indiana. After graduating with a degree in Communications, I moved to Kansas to take a position with a nonprofit. I discovered Garrison Keillor on KHCC about that time and grew into the public radio fan I am today. After a few years, my position was eliminated and I was looking for work. A friend told me there were a couple of a part-time announcer openings at KHCC. I applied, and as they say, the rest is history. I started here as the original Nightcrossings Host/Producer - a job that became a full time position and one that I held for nine years.
Since then, I've enjoyed some exciting adventures and challenges in my professional life. I helped facilitate the restoration of the Historic Fox Theater in Hutchinson, worked for a national fundraising firm, and for KPTS public television in Wichita. In 2004 I started a solo nonprofit coaching and consulting practice, working with individuals and organizations around Kansas in the areas of assessment, planning, and fundraising. In the past decade, I've had the privilege to meet and work with many listeners and members on variety of community based projects. I was often asked if I'd ever consider returning to a full time position. My answer was always, ONLY if it was the PERFECT job. Perfection takes time, but it does happen! Nineteen years later, I'm thrilled to be back as Director of Development. I'm working again with people I respect (both staff and listeners), in a medium that I love - public radio.
I like to keep busy outside of my work here. My husband and I enjoy exploring all the great things to see and do here in Kansas and like a good road trip out of state now and again. We're fans of live music and travel to hear groups we enjoy. I'm also an avid knitter - teaching classes, writing about the topic online and for publications, as well as draping friends and family in layers of wooly hand work. I find Radio Kansas is a great accompaniment to any or all of these activities!