Major: Airport Management
Year of Graduation: May 2002
Current Position: President of Critical Path, Inc.
Hometown: Missoula, MT
Please describe the path you took from graduation to get to the job you have today:
After I graduated from UND, I did an Airport Operations internship at the Dane Country Regional Airport (DCRA)
in Madison, Wisconsin. I left the DCRA to move back to Missoula to start my own consulting firm that would work
with Critical Path, Inc. I was planning my wedding and knew I would have to be doing a lot of moving around in the
next few years while my husband went through Air Force Pilot Training, so airport consulting was a perfect fit and
I had done an internship with CPI while attending UND. After a few months of having my own company, my current
business partner took me on as minority owner of Critical Path, Inc. I am currently majority owner of Critical Path,
What is the best part of your current job?
There are several best parts of my current job. The flexibility of my job allows me to work from home or wherever
I can or need to be. Wherever I am in the world, I can work. Another great thing about my job is travelling the
world and getting to meet and work with different people and see their countries.
How has your education from the University of North Dakota helped you in your career?
My education at UND was a good start to the education I received in the real world. Saying I am a UND grad has
also helped with contacts in our industry. There are so many UND grads out there that give you the instant
connection with people in a job interview or a project interview. Being a UND grad helped me get my internship at
What advice would you have for student in the aviation program today?
The biggest piece of advice that I would give current aviation students is to do as many internships that you
can during school and upon your graduation. Internships are the best way for you to figure out whether or not you
really want to work at an airport, for an airline or for a company. I did three internships and knew after the
first one that I wanted to work in Airport Operations. The second piece of advice would be to not be in such a
hurry to graduate. Enjoy college because the real world will always be there and life gets a lot tougher in the
real world. Third, think outside the "pilot" box. There are so many different careers in aviation and you don't
have to be a pilot. Nothing wrong with being a pilot, but there are just so many other options for a person that
wants to work in the aviation industry.