I am from a small city in Wisconsin, and grew up to value how the community connected to land and water, whether through work or play. The local farming culture, and celebration around forests, lakes and rivers was one I grew to love, and one I was able to center my career around.
The support the community provided for each other helped me define what community was. Families and friends got together to help each other with projects, to celebrate, to learn, to give back, and to have a great time.
This helped me grow to understand that community is based on connection, fun, trust, and love.
That love for another person is was what brought me here to West Virginia.
Once I knew I was coming, I started looking for opportunities where I could be involved in work that supported community collaboration and growth. Right away, I found The Hub. I interned here during the summer of 2016, and knew I wanted to join the change-makers I saw all around me. Fortunately, The Hub thought I could be one of those change-makers too, and I started on as the Community Development Network Coordinator this past June.
Those connections I felt in Wisconsin have been so easy and apparent here in West Virginia, and in the communities I am able to partner with. The collective energy around family, relationships, support, and fun has been one that West Virginians share so freely. I am overjoyed to experience this, and I can’t wait to grow into my role as a part of the community of West Virginia.