Growing up in sunny Southern California with a rope in hand and cattle in the yard; I lived a life that once shone on the silver screen. A family with generations of hard-working cowboys instilled in me a fierce passion for hard work and never giving up.
With a Division 1 athletic scholarship beckoning, I ventured to the heart of the Midwest. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Communications & Journalism, my road led me back to the Golden West landing at the heart of innovation in San Francisco.
While on the West Coast, I had the privilege to work on a variety of projects for everyone from tech start-ups to Stanford University. But dearest to my heart was the opportunity to promote the agricultural way of life in downtown San Francisco through the historic Cow Palace.
Once again, my story took another trip, as I returned to the beloved Midwest to join the team at Merck Animal Health. For eight years, I had the opportunity to capture and tell the story of cattlemen and agricultural producers just like my family. While working in the field of agriculture my free time was spent volunteering for the American Royal, promoting rodeo, horse shows and livestock auctions all while educating the next generation on the importance of agriculture.
Like most, the COVID pandemic turned my life upside down and brought me back to my roots in California. I have had the opportunity to fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime dream of working for Circle D Ranch. At Circle D we care for and train the Happiest Horses on Earth, all while helping to make magic at Disneyland Resort.
While some leave the work at the office, my passion for sharing the stories cannot be contained to eight hours a day. Whether it is traveling 10,000 miles a year on the rodeo road with my trusty Mighty Mouse. Or impacting the future of agriculture by donating over 100 hours a year to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rodeo. I have found that the key to sharing of any story is infusing technology with the tenacity of my Western heritage.
So here’s to being on the rodeo again!