I am originally from Mellette, SD which is just south of Aberdeen. I grew up on a cow-crop farm operation that I frequently visit to help my parents. My passions outside of work include learning about the brain and psychology. You can always find me reading a book about the psychology behind communication. My family consists of my parents, my brother and sister-in- law, and my sister and brother-in-law. My siblings live on the east and west coast, so I always have a handy vacation spot. I also have a 3-year-old dog, Pepper. My spare time typically consists of taking care of my plants, doing puzzles, napping, or gossiping with my mom.