I grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota and am the product of public education and sport. My mother is Catholic and I am the youngest of 5 girls and have one younger brother. My father was a gun dealer before passing away from cancer a short time ago. My mother is a avid activist and involved in many human rights campaigns. While I was attending college she was arrested with other mothers in a campaign to end land mine manufacturing by Honeywell. She was successful. I attended North Dakota State University on an athletic scholarship in both volleyball and basketball. I graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Wellness with an emphasis in the Cooperate World. I was in the Air Force ROTC with the plan to join the Air Force until professional sports called me. I played a short time professionally before becoming a coach.
I am a collegiate volleyball coach and have spent time over the past 25 years at University of Minnesota Duluth, Marquette University and East Carolina University. I find tremendous joy mentoring young women in sport, education and life. I am an FIVB International Referee 1 of only 3 in the United States and 97 in the World. I have spent time in many foreign countries officiating for the USA and even met Boris Yeltsin on a Russian tour.
I am an active sportswoman and athlete. I have two children, both spent their youth in the Duluth Public Schools while I spent six years on the Duluth School Board. My son is 26 and the product of a Jesuit Education at Marquette High School, Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin and currently attending Cardinal Stitch in the master of teaching English program. My daughter 19 is a Brookfield Academy High School graduate and is in her sophomore year at NYU. My husband, Kent Larson is a gifted Stone Mason for Stonecraft StoneMasonry.
I currently reside in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.