I believe an important part of being an athlete is giving back to the communities that support you. I strive to share my energy, enthusiasm and excitement for athletics, as well as the causes I believe strongly about. I try to share my lessons and inspire the next generation of athletes through coaching. This summer (2017) I coached the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club Running Club, helping to bring active lifestyles to an low income neighborhood in Anchorage. For the second year in a row, I coached the Denali Elementary School’s Run Club this spring. As often as possible I work with the Loppet Foundation in Minneapolis, MN, Healthy Futures of Alaska, and Anchorage Nordic Ski Association. I’ve also served as an organizer and ambassador in a number of Fast and Female events across the United States, and traveled to Wainwright, AK, Barrow, AK, and Aniak, AK, as a part of Skiku, a program to teach Native Alaskan children how to ski. I am always looking for ways to be more engaged so please contact me with any known opportunities!
This year I have also had the unique opportunity to work for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., a registered 501(c)6 nonprofit organization that works to make downtown Anchorage clean, safe and vital. I was the project manager for 144 Activities in Town Square Park, a summer program aimed to bring positive energy and enthusiasm into a downtown park that deals with issues of homelessness and drugs, and will be moving onto a series of smaller projects into the fall. Since Spring 2017, I also have been adjunct teaching at Alaska Pacific University, a new challenge that connects me with the university that offers APU Nordic Ski Center so much support. I am truly lucky to have these community institutions give me the flexibility to chase my dreams, while making ends meet.
Read about my 2016 Trip to Barrow, AK with Skiku here: A Trip to the [other] Windy City
Read about my 2015 Trip to Wainwright, AK with Skiku here: Skiing on Alaska’s North Slope