Education and role opportunities are important
factors to success as are mentor relationships.
Have you had mentors, and, if so, how have
those relationships contributed to your journey?
I’ve had many mentors – there have been positive
and negative things I’ve learned from the people I’ve
worked with. I am thankful for all opportunities – you
need to have reality hit you in the face hard a few
times to know exactly what matters in life, personally
Who is the one person that you have held up as
the person which whom you would like to emulate or be like or held in high regards, and why?
This is a hard one. Since my recent promotion
I’ve learned really how many wonderful supporters I
have, and I want to learn from all of them. I hold them
in the highest regards. The Vice President of Alerus
Mortgage Kim Onnen, our closing Vice President Kim
Kaus, and our Controller Nancy Johnson, to name a
few – without them, I couldn’t and wouldn’t do this
job. I am also supported by all the upper management
at Alerus, and I’m truly grateful for their support.
What three character traits do you consider
your strongest suits?
Pace – my speed keeps me ahead of the competition.
Determination and drive – I spent many years as a
long distance runner, completing five marathons. These
experiences helped me develop physical and mental
Dependability and certainty - I’ll deliver what I