Born and raised in Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an Engineering Mechanics degree and a Technical Communications Certificate. That means she enjoys troubleshooting broken designs and loves writing and speaking.
While in college, she worked for four summers at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. She started her engine for change early, having taken apart and rebuilt a 14-liter diesel engine.
For almost 14 years, she proudly worked for the U.S. Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Bremerton, Washington. At PSNS & IMF, she’s held the titles of Nuclear Engineer, Command Strategic Planning Manager, Theory of Constraints Implementation Manager, Work Force Development Program Managing Director and Guiding Coalition Managing Director. In every role, April partnered her engineering troubleshooting skills with her energy to drive positive change.
In December 2014 she joined Intel as a change coach and community steward, responsible for bringing cutting-edge change agency techniques throughout Intel’s 100,000+ workforce and across Intel’s global locations. In 2015 she was a featured keynote speaker in California, Minnesota, Mexico, Malaysia, and Poland.
She’s been a featured speaker at Theory of Constraints international conferences and in the aerospace, tech, and oil industries, has partnered with John Kotter (Harvard Business professor and author of Leading Change and Accelerate) at the frontier of his work, and led a successful effort in her former community to build their region’s first beyond accessible playground for children and adults of all abilities.
At her blog, Engine-for-Change.com, she shares her passion for creating positive change, outlining ways that anyone can drive change for themselves, their organizations, and their communities. She partners with organizations and individuals to help them drive the changes they want to see in the world.
She lives in Cornelius, Oregon with her biochemist-turned-lawyer husband and their four kids. They have little spare time, but when they can get away they love to take family road trips to national parks.