Timeline

  • 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.

  • Two teethies

    July 8, 2020

    Barrett has a couple teeth coming in! They’re sharp!