I am interested in social justice and have done a lot to work to empower women, stop domestic violence, and bring wellness into people's lives.
I'm a 38 year old single mom. My son graduated from high school and went on to college last year.
What I like to do?
Fitness training, music, singing, dancing, social justice, art, archery, motorcycles, lots of things- I like to hang out and watch movies, sit on the porch, play cards, etc. or go out and do something fun. I like cool cars (muscle cars mostly- old Barracudda is my dream car- purple please!) Just got my wonderful Dodge Charger this year and I love it. I like shopping at 2nd hand stores and I read a lot. I love to dance and listen to bands and will get up and sing whenever I get the chance.
What is your favorite body part?
I think I have great shoulders, I'm pretty fond of my brain too
If you found a million dollars, what would you do with it?
If I "found it" I'd return it. However, if I "won" it or earned it, after I bought my 1970s barracuda and paid off my student loans and other debt, I would start a non-profit foundation to bring wellness to the lives of those in need- I have the business plan already written. Then I would use the money to help people I know who need it.
What frustrates you more than anything?
Injustice- seeing people who suffer from domestic abuse, addiction, homelessness.
What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?
abs- boat pose in yoga
How many times a day do you eat?
How many times a week do you train?
5-6 most weeks
These are my accomplishments:
In 2004 my son was in a terrible motorcycle accident that put him in a coma. He is very lucky to have lived and his story of recovery is amazing. It was the hardest time ever in our lives, but I am grateful every day for his amazing triumph.
After we returned home from the hospital I decided to compete in the Gopher State Classic in 2005 in fitness and figure (on April 2, 2005 my son's 15th birthday), dedicating the show to his recovery and to our health.
But THAT is my OLD story. My son graduated from high school and went on to college this year. Although he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, he is very fortunate to be alive, to be functioning, and to have been able to go back to school and live a reasonably normal life. He is doing GREAT. I don't want that to be my story anymore, but it is a part of me.
After I competed in 2005, I stayed in great shape for a while, but allowed myself to step away from it. I had been putting myself through school, working full-time, and raising a teenager by myself and I did what happens to many people... I got sloppy with my training, allowed myself too many indulgences, and this past year found myself at a weight I was horrified by and just not being my best. SO now, once I reach my competition goals, my goal is NO MORE BEFORE PICTURES. My goal is to maintain the best shape of my life and to stay within 5 pounds of being competition ready.
This is really a transformational time in my life, both physically and spiritually. I spent 18 years raising a child, working full-time and going to school. Now that my son graduated and is an adult, and I completed my masters degree- it is time to be open to the wonderful possibilities of the Universe. Up until recently I was the Executive Director of a domestic abuse and sexual assault shelter and advocacy organization and I am looking for my next step in life, as my position was "restructured/eliminated" in January 2009. I want to continue to work for social justice and incorporate wellness into my work. I continue to teach yoga and am also studying to get my Certified Personal Trainer credentials. Fitness and yoga help keep me centered while doing some very high-stress work in the non-profit world and I believe keeping a focus on wellness keeps me balanced, while helping me serve those in need even better. I also feel that we need to bring more of a mentoring and wellness approach into serving people: survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, teen parents, homeless, etc.
Summary of modeling experience
Attended various modeling classes and seminars, including John Casablanca’s Modeling School & Image One Model & Talent Professional Model training. I have done a wide variety of modeling work: print modeling, mannequin modeling, runway shows, artist modeling, hostessing events, promotional work, hair shows, and corporate video projects.
Fashion shows: Glam Slam- Minneapolis, the Rouge- Minneapolis, Personality Plus Fashion Show, Echo Starz Originals, Sam Brocato hair show, fundraiser fashion shows and others.
Promotional work: Pantene promotion, hostessed corporate indoor golf tournament. Mannequin modeling at the Mall of America. Video newsletter show, “The Current” for Erickson’s Diversified. X-girl for 93X radio station. Emcee for “Fashions from the Heart” fashion show. Various newspaper articles and TV appearances for events.
Print work: Many jobs for photographers’ portfolios and ads, stock modeling, Mystique Intimates catalog, poster for Gorilla Run fundraiser. Appeared in “Fitness Rx for Women,” “Ms. Fitness,” and “Fitness and Physique” magazines.
Dance & acting experience & education:
• CJ’s Dance Studio & Phipps Center- ballet, tap, jazz, modern, belly dancing, lyrical
• University of WI- River Falls- dance minor, acting 101, health & fitness, weight training
• Prescott Community Education- creative dance teacher
• women’s fitness and dance center- assisted in creating dance classes
• YMCA- tumbling teacher
• Night Runners movie- Minneapolis
• Fitness competitor
• Yoga instructor
Other relevant experience I have:
A master degree in Organziational Leadership & Strategoc Management. An undergraduate degree in Business & Commuication.
These are the sports and/or activities I participate in:
Archery, Dance, Group Exercise, Martial Arts, Shooting, Weight Lifting, Yoga
The modeling opportunities that I am interested in: