It’s a girl! (That’s me)
December 7, 1988
I am born in Iowa City, IA.
High school graduation
May 12, 2007
I’m a West High school graduate! And I’m off to Columbia, MO for college.
BA from Mizzou
May 14, 2011
With a BA in Communication, I graduate from the University of Missouri – Columbia. I yearn to learn a little more, so my next step is the Newhouse School in Syracuse, NY.
MS from Syracuse
May 12, 2012
After a quick year of a master’s program, I graduate from Syracuse University with an MS in New Media Management.
Back to Iowa
May 28, 2012
I move to West Des Moines, IA to be a little closer to home, and also start my internship at Strategic America and final capstone of graduate course work.
Internship at Strategic America
June 4, 2012
I begin my graduate internship at Strategic America (SA), and am hired not too long after as a Digital Marketing Coordinator.
Promotion to Project Manager
August 6, 2013
SA forms a new Interactive Services team and I am promoted to Project Manager. I lead all website design projects.
Engagement to Josh
October 10, 2014
Josh pops the big question – and I say, “Yes!” I am engaged to a smart, funny and caring guy.
Move to Waukee, IA
June 23, 2015
Josh and I move into our first home in Waukee, IA.
My wedding day
October 17, 2015
Do you hear the bells? Josh and I get married in Iowa City, IA.
Rescue puppy Luna
December 23, 2015
Luna Marie joins the family. She is a Great Pyrenees mix and absolutely adorable.
A trip to Los Angeles
September 9, 2016
Josh and I take a trip to Los Angeles with some memorable activities. We see Tig Notaro at Largo, the Wild Horses at UCB Sunset and stop by the former set of NBC’s The Office.
AHeinz57 website redesign
February 14, 2017
Josh and I team up to redesign the website for AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport.
Promotion to Manager
August 15, 2017
The SA Interactive Services team has really expanded now and I am promoted to Manager. I still manage lots of digital projects in this role while having various people report to me.
English Cream Sonny
February 3, 2018
Why are they called Golden Retrievers? They retrieve gold, Karen. Sonny (Sunshine) is our newest puppy, and we are in love! He is an English Cream Golden Retriever. And yes, I think he does have an accent.
Vacation in Cabo, Mexico
April 25, 2018
We make our way to Cabo, Mexico for a nice getaway. We eat some amazing meals, but nothing could top breakfast on our balcony.
Barkpass, LLC is formed
April 17, 2019
The year of our start-up. Josh and I work with the City of Waukee, Iowa to improve their dog park registration process. In April, we file for an LLC to make Barkpass official!
Welcome to the world, Barrett
January 2, 2020
The year gets off to a beautiful start with the birth of my son, Barrett.
Begin social distancing
March 26, 2020
I’m back to work and the world is now in a pandemic. But the extra time at home with Barrett is so treasured.
Senior digital project manager
March 31, 2020
With some restructuring, I transition to solely focusing on project work and perfecting my PM skills.
July 8, 2020
Barrett has a couple teeth coming in! They’re sharp!