"Do your little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
-Desmond Tutu

Emily began working as a Direct Support Professional at the Harry Meyering Center while attending college for Elementary Education at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University: Mankato). After graduating, Emily continued her work in the Health and Human Services field in both vocational and residential settings holding various management and leadership roles. In 2019, she ventured into the world of Self-Direction and began providing services as a Support Planner for individuals and families who choose to direct their own services. Her 20+ years of experience working in the field, along with her lived experience meeting the unique needs of her own children, has provided her with an abundance of opportunities that fuel her desire to connect people to resources, as well as to enrich the lives and opportunities of the individuals and families that she works with.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and 9 kids. Family favorites include spending time outside, baking, attending extra-curricular events, and squeezing in board or card games. As one can imagine, there is not a lot of alone/free-time that comes with having a large family; however, if the opportunity presents itself, Emily enjoys thrift store shopping and baking.