I graduated from MSU with a BA in Geography (Specialization: Cartography) in 1995 . After I left the Lansing area for a couple of years before returning in 1998 to work as a GIS Specialist with Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. After almost four years I moved on to the Michigan Department of Transportation, where I spent almost 12 years. At MDOT, I created Travel Demand Forecast Models used for estimating traffic for future planning and construction scenarios. I attended Eastern Michigan University between 2001-2004 while working full-time and graduated with an MS in GIS and Planning.
Over the years I have focused more on data analysis than cartography and in 2014, I was offered an opportunity with Pitney Bowes Software as a statistical analyst to create retail/restaurant location models. Unfortunately, the company started downsizing less than a year later and my position was cut. I discovered along the way that I loved analytics and working with databases and SQL. In October 2015, I came full circle back to MSU and accepted a position with MSU’s University Advancement department as an Information and Statistical Analyst. I love all things data related with a special place in my heart for spatial analysis. In my new position I am incorporating spatial analysis into every area I can find relevancy. I currently enjoying life in Haslett with my husband and dogs. I am excited to be back in the MSU community.