My daughter, Tessa, attended Hilltop from 2011 to 2015. She was a Hummingbird, Tree Frog, Sunflower and Prairie Dog. Mammal, bird, amphibian and plant — can’t get more diverse than that! I joined the Board of Directors in 2014 because I wanted to continue to contribute to the Hilltop community, even as my daughter left to move into elementary school. I am currently serving as the President-Elect as well as the chair of the finance committee. I was also a member of the recent year-long strategic planning committee.
I work as an Assistant Director for Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of Kansas. In addition to counseling students and families, I am also responsible for many of the financial aid awarding processes at the University. I coordinate the Hixson Opportunity Award for high-need, first-generation college students and take the lead on a variety of projects involving data analytics in the financial aid office.
Prior to my time in financial aid at KU, I worked in career services at Princeton University and Boston College and in undergraduate admissions at Stanford University. I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College.
In addition to my role on the Hilltop Board of Directors, I am the President-Elect of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. I also serve on the finance and stewardship committees at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence. In these professional roles, and in my work with Hilltop, I enjoy looking at an organization’s goals and big picture from a data-driven, analytical, and systems-oriented approach.