A little about me…I grew up in Pesotum, Illinois and started swimming competitively at the age of 7. I also lettered in Cross Country and Track in Jr. High and High School. I received a swim scholarship from Ball State University (BSU), and was the High Point Swimmer and MVP all 4 years and the team captain my Jr. and Sr. years. I qualified for Sr. Nationals and was named NCAA Woman Athlete of the Year for BSU, where I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. I then went on to get a Masters degree in Athletic Administration at the University of Illinois, where I was a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology department and taught swim and triathlon classes. I have been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years and have been certified to teach a variety of classes ranging from Step aerobics and Kick-Boxing to Swim Lessons and Lifeguarding. I have also been certified as a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and an AFAA Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor. I have been a health club manager, aquatic director, an age group swim coach and have worked with all ages and abilities. I have 3 wonderful kids; Alexa is in Graduate school at the University of Tennessee Health and Sciences in Memphis - getting her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She competed on the WKU cross country and track teams during her undergraduate work. Samantha is a Junior at Arkansas State University and competes in cross country and indoor and outdoor track at A-State. Colton is in 9th grade and is involved in cross country and tennis. I love being a mother, and enjoy working part time so I can keep up with all of our activities. I started competing in triathlon at the age of 30 and have had the honor of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2012 and 2015, competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2010 (2nd place) and 2017, being named an All American Triathlete for numerous years and have qualified to be a part of Team USA. I thank God and my wonderful family for supporting me in life and in triathlon. Now my hope is for you to get as much enjoyment out of the sport as I have!