Born and raised in Wisconsin, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2001 with an Engineering Mechanics degree and a Technical Communications Certificate. That means I enjoy troubleshooting broken designs and I love writing and speaking.
While in college I worked for four summers at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. I started my engine for change early, having taken apart and rebuilt a 14-liter diesel engine.
Since August 2001 I’ve proudly worked for the U.S. Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Bremerton, Washington. At PSNS & IMF, I’ve held the titles of Nuclear Engineer, Management Engineer, Controls Engineering First Level Supervisor, Command Strategic Planning Manager, and Theory of Constraints Implementation Manager. In every role, I’ve partnered my engineering troubleshooting skills with my energy to drive positive change.
Today, I love leading the PSNS & IMF Guiding Coalition, based on Dr. John Kotter’s Leading Change 8-step model.
Along the way I’ve had the privilege to serve as International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 12 Vice President, Puget Sound Naval Bases Association Vice President and Naval Civilian Managers Association – PSNS & IMF Chapter President plus participating on several community committees and boards.
At this blog, Engine for Change, I hope to share my passion for creating positive change, highlighting how anyone can drive change for themselves and for their organizations and communities.
I’ve been married since August 2000 to Matt, a biochemist turned lawyer. He recently opened a law office in Bremerton, Washington. We have three children and in our spare time we geocache, camp and hike. The car trips to the various camping locations provide me excellent time to read books on organizational change or American history and write my next blog posts.