I grew up and attended school in Waubay, SD. I received my
B.S. in Biology and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry
at South Dakota State University. While a student at SDSU, I
was employed at the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and
Diagnostic Laboratory in the PCR Laboratory. After
graduation I was employed in the animal health vaccine
industry, first at Intervet Animal Health in Dallas Center,
Iowa working on swine vaccines and then Benchmark BioLabs in
In 2004, I received my Masterís Degree
from SDSU, my area of research was the development of a
real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantitation of
Porcine Respiratory and Reproduction Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).
I began teaching at Presentation College in the Biology
Department in the Fall of 2004.