Growing up as a smokejumpers daughter, I always saw myself following in my dad’s footsteps, jumping out of planes and fighting fires, learning everything I could from him along the way. However, after a significant injury from playing sports in high school, plans changed. I then ended up taking the structural route of firefighting while also spending time as a wildland firefighter on an engine crew. As I “grew-up” I determined, I needed to move forward in a career that grounded me, but kept me involved in what I loved, public service. After taking some time away, I worked side-by-side with my dad with our family business, while also taking time to finish college and start a family. Life then steered me right back into the emergency management world. A world that is familiar, but also ever changing … I love it!