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March 2024

Begin Master of Science in Computer Science (MS-CS) at University of Colorado.


January 2024

Home renovation project featured on HGTV's Rico to the Rescue.


Architectural field trips to Mesa Verde, northern Arizona, southern Utah, the Badlands of South Dakota, and Door County, Wisconsin.


Wrote a weekly quiz for architecture education provider Black Spectacles' online community.  


Traveled regularly from Denver to Chicago to meet with other architects from across the country to create content for emerging professionals wishing to pass their licensing exams. Gained status as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in my profession.


Started a freelance position at Hall Architects in Colorado Springs. 


Officially started my design consulting practice by filing an LLC with the state of Colorado


Started freelance job as a writer of Architect Exam prep materials. Tutored students one-on-one in test prep.


Yet another architectural field trip to NYC. This farm girl from the Midwest loves NY!


Passed all divisions of the Architect's Registration Exam (ARE) on the first try in just over 4 months. Granted license to practice architecture from the State of Colorado.


Architectural field trip to Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico. 


Architectural field trips to Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque in New Mexico. 



Started a freelance position as a designer and consultant at Metamechanics in NYC. 


Finds Coursera platform and completes approximately 60 courses including a certificate program in Medical Neuroscience from Duke University. 



Inspired by my students, I read 100 books in one year to make up for not reading much of anything for a few years! 


Founded my line of handmade beaded jewelry, Cassia Ione. Made custom earrings per customer requests while they waited at fashion shows.



Started a new career at Summit Reading Center in Boulder, Colorado where I trained extensively and intensively in academic and speech therapies and tutored students from pre-k to adult in reading, writing, math, and spelling, many of whom struggled with learning due to ADHD, dyslexia and other neurodevelopmental delays. Became a fierce advocate and ally for struggling students of all kinds.  


Occasional work as a sales associate at Perpetual Clothing, a high-end consignment shop in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. I filled in when the owner needed to take a break. I love fashion and I love helping people feel good so it was a lot of fun!


Selected by Lawrence Group to represent the firm in their proposal for designing housing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. At this time, LGA was a front-runner in shipping container design and I was one of the first architects in the country to pioneer this building type.


Promoted to Associate at Lawrence Group, the second youngest designer to achieve associate status at the firm. 


Architectural field trips to Seattle, eastern Washington State, Utah, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.


Became a homeowner and started slowly renovating my fixer-upper. The REAL education begins!


Acquired LEED AP credential from US Green Building Council. 


Women's Bean retail store featured on HGTV's "Change the World".


One of the senior living projects I designed, Villa at San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California, was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in a segment about sustainable design.


Guest juror at the University of Colorado Boulder and CU Denver architecture and design programs. 


Moved to Denver, Colorado, and started a new job as a designer at Lawrence Group Architects/Josh Comfort Architecture.


Another architectural field trip to NYC.


Provided computer-generated imagery for Morningside College's fundraising video "This is our Moment."


Selected to be on a steering committee for wayfinding by the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce just in time for the 200-year anniversary of Louis and Clark's Discovery Expedition.


Architectural field trip to Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Baja region of Mexico.


Travels to Rome again along with visits to Bologna, Florence, Cinque Terre, Sienna, and Venice in Italy and Lugano, Switzerland. 


Team member for the winning entry of the Iowa Great Places design competition.


Elected to secretary of the board of the Siouxland Growth Organization (SCGO), a young professionals group aimed at shaping the future of the community.


Featured in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) newsletter "Sioux City Six" which provided recognition for our group of young lady architects in Sioux City that banded together to help each other study for their license exams and learn their profession. 


Architectural field trip to New York, New York. 

May 2001

Graduates with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, College of Design.

December 2001

Starts first job post-college at Ruble, Mamura, Moss, Brygger Architects, later named Cannon, Moss, Brygger, and Associates.


Architectural field trips to:

- Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

- Paris and London

- Milan, and Pisa

- Vicenza, Verona, Parma, Padua, Todi, Perugia (my favorite), and Padua

- Hadrian's Villa

- Mousillini's EUR

- Amalfi, Ravenna, Naples, Positano, and Pompeii


January 2000

Study abroad classes begin including a phenomenal history class that was taught by  a visiting professor from Yale. The class was taught while walking through the streets of Rome. at


December 1999

Travels to Roma, Italia to sightsee a bit before classes start in January. Eats, breathes and sleeps DESIGN for the next few months.



Started job as an intern for Eldon Schroder, a well-respected civil engineer in Sioux City, Iowa to gain construction experience and familiarity with the structural engineering portion of building design.



Travel to New Mexico to study indigenous architecture.


Architectural field trip to Montreal, Canada. 


Volunteer groundskeeper at Shelsler Hall, a women's shelter in Sioux City, Iowa.


Worked for The Door and Fence Store in Ames, IA as a contractor doing fine finish for rental properties.


Accepted into Iowa State University's Bachelor of Architecture program.

September 1994

Completes entire semester's worth of AutoCAD coursework in 3 weeks and loves every bit of it.


Junior high shop teacher introduces me to tools and making things in shop class.

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