Mikhaela was born and raised in Nebraska and spent most of her childhood summers in the north woods of Minnesota fishing, kayaking, and swimming. During college she spent her summers volunteering at local farms throughout the West and eventually found herself working full-time as a small-scale farmer in the Pacific Northwest. As a farmer she developed an interest in the intersection of agriculture, public health, equity, and conservation. This interest is something she continues to explore and is excited to do so at River Network. She comes to River Network with experience in sustainable agriculture, implementing community and environmental public health programs, leading programmatic evaluation efforts, and planning and facilitating professional development workshops. Mikhaela has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Colorado. She’s eager to bring her passion for creating healthy environments through collective action to River Network.
In her spare time you can find Mikhaela exploring the state of Colorado enjoying multiday backpacking trips, birding, flyfishing, and gardening in her community garden plot. When not outside she enjoys hanging out with her two dogs and husband and exploring the city of Denver.