Graduation Year

1985

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Track & Field, throws (javelin, shot put, discus)
  • Women's basketball, guard
  • Women's tennis, doubles

Millikin major: Accounting

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in business administration, Illinois State University

Current employment: Southwest Corrugated Inc. in Houston

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

  • Track & Field
    • Four-time letterman, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
    • NCAA All-American in track and field, javelin, 6th place, 1983
    • Three-time NCAA track meet participant in javelin, 1983 (6th), 1984 (7th), 1985 (9th)
    • NCAA track meet participant in shot put, 1983
    • Illinois Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (IAIAW) state champion in javelin and shot put, 1984
    • Track team MVP, 1983, 1984
    • Field events MVP, 1984, 1985
    • Millikin field record holder in javelin (Old), 1985
    • School record holder, old javelin, 1983, 143’ 4.5”/43.70 meters, record never surpassed.
    • Former school record holder, shot put (record stood from 1983 until 2005)
    • On MU Top 10 Performance List in each event I competed: old javelin, 1st (143’ 4.5”/43.70 meters); shot put, 8th (39’ 11.5”/12.18 meters); discus, 8th (125’ 2”/38.16 meters).
  • Women's Basketball
    • Letterman, 1981-82
  • Women's Tennis
    • Letterman, 1983

Why did you choose MU?
I wanted to go to a school where I could continue my athletics while obtaining a quality education and a degree in accounting. After high school, I was not ready to leave home. Millikin presented the opportunity to receive the type of education I desired and continue my athletic career as a commuting student. It was a great decision for me personally and was a wonderful experience with many fond memories.

Aside from Big Blue athletics, what activities did you participate in as a student at MU?

  • Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity
  • Assisted the registrar’s office with student registrations
  • Worked in Griswold Center for a semester or two

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?
The highlight of my athletic career was my sophomore year of track. I was an NCAA All-American in the javelin with a school record-setting throw. I was fortunate enough to be part of an NCAA national competition each year of my college athletic career and it was an honor to represent Millikin at each event. As a freshman, I was part of the NCAA qualifying women’s basketball team. We played in California and I had never flown on a plane, so that was a first for me.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin University?
After graduating, I obtained my CPA certificate and an MBA degree. I have held numerous positions of increasingly greater responsibility over my nearly 30 years of work in private industry. I feel my most significant accomplishments over my career have been in training and mentoring young accountants who have served under me.

When not supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do when not supporting athletics is spending time with friends and family whenever I can – even more so if it involves travelling to new places. I also enjoy serving in my church in whatever capacity is needed.

Who is your most memorable MU professor/coach/staff and why?
My most memorable professor was Dr. Arvid Adell [professor emeritus of philosophy]. I really enjoyed his approach to teaching. He made you think, he was full of life and made his classes fun and interesting. And he always had a smile on his face.

How has your experience as a Big Blue athlete prepared/helped make you successful?
My experience as a Big Blue athlete taught me about winning and losing, courage and dedication, as well as teamwork and leadership. However, one of the most valuable attributes I gained from my athletic experience was the ability to receive feedback and use it as motivation. If I wasn’t selected for a position I had applied for, I would find out what I needed to do to be in a better position to obtain the next opening. I sought out feedback from my superiors in my quest to advance. This attribute played an integral role in becoming a leader/manager, as it helped me gain insight into how my business leaders thought and what they looked for in personnel.

What advice do you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
First, enjoy your days in college and make the most of every opportunity. You don’t get that time back. Don’t think that once you graduate your learning stops. Life is about perpetual growth and development. Strive to continually develop yourself into a better version of you. Seek to learn as much as you can about whatever you are doing. Learn from those around you. Work to make every position you hold better than it was before – whether you are entry level or at the highest level of an organization. Remember, everything happens for a reason!