Hobby: Leather working

How did you get into that? I have always enjoyed working with my hands and designing things, so leatherworking is a nice mix of the two. The craftsmanship involved in creating even a simple wallet really got me hooked.

How long have you been doing it? For about three years.

What do you like most about it? My favorite part of leather working is the tediousness of the tasks, especially stitching. Stitching really forces you to slow down and focus on each stitch in order to make sure you get it just right. Leather working as a whole allows me to clear my mind and create a physical piece.

How did you hear about the job at Cuivre River? I found the position on LinkedIn.

What are you doing in your new role? My role was created to help boost our co-op’s digital storytelling as part of our young member engagement efforts.

What were you doing before you joined the co-op?

I was the digital media specialist at the City of St. Charles in Missouri.

What do you like about working at the co-op?

Working for an electric co-op really allows you to make an impact on people’s lives in a positive way and make a difference in the community. The community-focused values of co-ops are what really attracted me to working for one.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in digital media from Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois

What do you do in your free time? I really enjoy hiking, kayaking, and film photography. Last year I received my drone pilot’s license and have enjoyed flying my drone whenever I get the chance.

Random fact: In 2019 I received a Silver Telly—a National Communicator Award in web design for a website I created for the City of St. Charles. The award is presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.