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.

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Guiding a group of school children on their first ski in Wainwright, Alaska. April 2015
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Teaching the invaluable lesson of how to get up. April 2015
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Getting my hulu on at Fast and Female, Sun Valley, ID, March 2015
A speedy skier at the TRAX camp in Fairbanks, October 2014
First TRAX camp in Fairbanks, AK, October 2014
Fast and Female in Fairbanks, AK, October 2014
Start of a Loppet Nordic Racing Time Trial, December 2014
Sunset Guest Coaching with LNR, January 2015
Craftsbury, VT, “Ski with the Stars”, February 2015
“Ski with the Stars”, Craftsbury, VT, February 2015
Aniak, AK, Running Camp, July 2015
Aniak, AK, Running Camp, July 2015

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


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