Windsor Heights, IA


Telephone: 515-681-9814



Bank Stree College of Education                         2017-Present

Online Program

Master of Science in Child Life

Grand View University                                               2012-2016

Des Moines, IA

Bachelor of Arts Human Services

Minor: Psychology & Family Studies/ Honors

Cum Laude

GPA: 3.6

Child Life Practicum


Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics                      Summer 2015

Mercy Medical Center

Des Moines, IA

  • Observe Certified Child Life Specialists at Mercy Children's Hospital and Clinics.

    • 3 weeks - NICU

    • 3 weeks - PICU/Peds

    • 2 weeks - Medical Imaging

    • Observation day at ChildServe's  inpatient facility

    • Observation day at Iowa ENT & West Lakes Surgery Center

  • Create an EEG prep book that will benefit the hospital and patients.

Work Experience


Amanda the Panda Center for Grief & Loss           Jan 2018 - Present

Program Assistant

West Des Moines, IA

  • Provide support to program staff- find activities for support groups, camp, and events.

  • Assist families in registering for programming.

  • Keep participant and volunteer profiles up to date.

ChildServe                                                             May 2016 - Dec 2017

Case Manager

Johnston, IA

  • Manage & monitor waiver services for children on the Brain Injury, Health and Disability and Intellectual Disability waivers. 

  • Refer families to therapies and services and supports in the community. 

  • Assist families in building natural supports for their children.

Ronald McDonald House Charities                    July 2016 - June 2017

Part-Time, Weekend Manager

Des Moines, IA

  • Provide house coverage for the house.

  • Check-In families staying at the local hospitals.

  • Assist families staying at the Ronald McDonald Hosue with any needs. 

  • Manage volunteers over the weekend.

  • Remain on-call overnight for families staying at the house.

The Homestead                                                      May 2016 - May 2017

Applied Behavior Analysis Specialist

Altoona, IA

  • Provide intensive, one-on-one services to children with autism.

  • Use Applied Behavior Analysis techniques to teach skills related to: hygiene, personal care, building social relationships and networks, communication, vocational, and community involvement as needed.

  • Assist with developing, and monitoring all personalized programs, strategies and innovative solutions in order to generate successful outcomes.

  • Responsible for collecting, tracking, and turning in data and documentation, following departmental procedures.


Grand View Student Life                                 August 2015 - April 2106

Student Engagement Intern

Des Moines, IA

  • Plan and implement Involvement & Service Fairs on campus

  • Create and manage all-inclusive student events calendar

  • Promote Service Learning on campus by bringing service opportunities and ideas to clubs and organizations

  • Assist faculty in meeting with students and classes to promote service-learning opportunities


Grand View University                                       Sept. 2012 - April 2016
Work Study
Des Moines, IA
  • Answered phones, filed paperwork and talked to students and families to direct them around campus


ChildServe                                                              June 2014 - Oct. 2015

Skill Development Assistant/Respite Care Provider

Johnston, IA

  • Facilitate activities that develop skills for children with special medical health care needs (communication skills, nonverbal skills, and general life skills to encourage independence)


Make-A-Wish Iowa                                               Jan. 2015 - April 2015

Program Intern

Urbandale, IA

  • Process incoming Wish referrals

  • Call medical professionals, volunteers, etc. to retrieve information regarding Wishes and child needs

  • Assist Wish Coordinators with Wish process tasks




Volunteer Experience


Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics                    Nov. 2014 - Present

Child Life Volunteer; General Peds & PICU

Des Moines, IA

  • Visit rooms to ask families if they need anything, including refreshments, a break, toys, games or crafts

  • Provide games, toys and crafts to children in the play room or individual rooms

  • Interact with children and families in the playroom

  • Assist the CCLS on duty with various projects

  • Clean and organize playroom and Child Life storage spaces on the floor

Children's Cancer Connection              Summer 2012 - Summer 2015

Camp Heart Connection Staff/Counselor; Clinic & Connection Group Volunteer

Des Moines, IA

Camp Heart Connection is a week of camp for kids who have battled or are currently battling cancer. There is another week later in the summer for these kids' siblings. It is a place for kids to go be kids with people who understand their stories.

  • 2012 Kitchen Staff

  • 2013-2015 Counselor for Oncology Camp

  • Interacted with families and provided crafts and games to children in the family room of the Oncology/Hematology Outpatient Clinic at Blank Children's Hospitals


Blank Children's Hospital                                  Sept. 2014 - April 2015

Child Life Volunteer; Oncology/ Hematology Outpatient Clinic

Des Moines, IA

  • Interact with families and children who come into the clinic

  • Provide games, toys and crafts to children in the waiting area, individual rooms or children receiving treatment

  • Assist the CCLS on duty

Blank Park Zoo- Night Eyes                               Oct. 2013/Oct. 2014

Zone Captain

Des Moines, IA

Managed of one of the zones for 3 total nights of Night Eyes.

  • Managed volunteers in my assigned area

  • Made sure families and kids were safe in the area

  • Communicated if more candy or volunteers were needed in the area

Educational Enhancement


Child Life Council Student Member

2014- Present


Child Life Practical Application

University of Iowa

Summer 2014



Heartsaver CPR AED Certification

American Heart Association


Heartsaver First Aid Certification

American Heart Association



State of Iowa Mandated Reporter of Child and Adult Abuse/Neglect/Maltreatment  

June 2016

Awards & Honors


Student Commencement Speaker

Grand View University

April 2016


Viking Service Award

Grand View University

March 2015, April 2016


Honorable Mention - ICAP Member of the Year

Iowa Campus Compact



2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award

Grand View University

March 2015


Service Leader Student Leadership Award

Grand View Univerity

April 2015


Outstanding Sophomore Award

Grand View University

March 2014


President's List

Grand View University

Spring 2015


Dean's List

Grand View University

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

Leadership Experience


GV Dance Marathon


Grand View University

  • 2013-14- Recruitment & Morale Director

    • Recruited students for the Big Event

    • Educated the campus on the cause behind Dance Marathon

    • Manage Morale Captains

  • 2014-15- Event & Recruitment Director

    • Recruited and educate students on the cause behind Dance Marathon

    • Managed Morale Captains

    • Oversaw & managed the Event Team

    • Created all schedules and day-of documents needed

    • Stage-managed the Big Event

  • 2015-2016 Executive Director

    • Oversaw all aspects of Dance Marathon

    • Led Executive Board meetings

    • Oversaw and coordinated the workings of the Executive Board.

    • Assisted in hiring the the next Student Executive Board


Iowa Campus Compact

Civic Ambassador/ ICAP Member

Grand View University

  • Manage a project to increase civic engagement of students

  • Contact organizations in the Des Moines area for volunteer opportunities for students

  • Create a guidebook for students, separating service opportunities by interest

  • Hold a Service Fair, bringing organizations from the community on campus to talk about service opportunities

  • ICAP- Complete 300 hours of service/training per yearly session. (2 sessions complete/ 1 in progress - 900 hours total)


Student Leadership

Admissions Ambassador/New Student Orientation Team

Grand View University

  • Gave tours on campus to prospective students and their families

  • Build relationships with incoming students

  • Help with registration and orientation days and events


Alpha Psi Omega - Omega Beta

Vice-President/ Secretary

Grand View University

  • Secretary:  Took minutes at every meeting and posted them online for members to review

    • Responsible for club calendar and attendance

    • Communicated active/inactive status to members

  • Vice-President:  Assisted the President with any tasks

    • Managed "social" calendar and group bonding events