I started my Emergency Medical Services career in 1993 as an EMT. I joined the Urbandale Fire Department in 1995 as a paid-on-call member. After obtaining my Paramedic Certificate in 1997 I obtained an A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services from Mercy College of Health Sciences. In 2000, I was hired as a career Paramedic/Fire Inspector.
In addition to numerous fire and EMS Certifications I have earned a B.A. Degree in Law, Politics and Society from Drake University. In 2006 my position was reclassified as Fire Marshal. I am also a Member of the Board for Hawkeye State Fire Association and the 2009 President of the Iowa Fire Marshal's Association.