Hard Work is a Core Value
I was raised in a small town in northwestern Minnesota and began working at the age of nine in my family’s small business. I attended St. Thomas University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in finance. Upon graduation I began my first job as a financial analyst for Pepsi. I have been working hard my entire life and know what it means to make sacrifices to achieve your dreams.
Wife and Mom
I have been married to Bill Schroeder for over 26 years and together we have raised 7 children. They are now a MPLS police sergeant, a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, an Air Force Captain, a Development Achievement Center support professional, a small business owner, a Valedictorian of SJU and a hard-working sophomore at UST.
I am a homeschool, public school and private school mom. I have seen first hand that every child is unique and has different needs at different stages of life. I have been involved in my kids schooling in every capacity and my breadth of experience in this area allows me to get any job done.
My husband and I started a small business and sold it after 12 successful years. I know what it takes to make it through lean times, keep employees on the payroll as well as take risks to create jobs and opportunity. Additionally, I have seen how treating employees and customers with dignity makes all the difference. Customer service is still king and I will prioritize serving all of my constituents with the same passion and success I brought to the private sector.
I am an active volunteer in my church and within our community. For our church, I co-chaired a successful capital campaign for a gym and activities center, was actively involved in music liturgy and taught confirmation. I have also been an active school volunteer as a “Captain’s Mom” for soccer, football, baseball, and rugby.
Everyone has a story that has brought them to the place they are today. Each story is unique and deserves to be heard. Every human being has intrinsic value. I believe we are wired for truth and that speaking the truth with compassion and love opens up hearts. I have long been a mentor and advocate and now want to use those skills to serve our community.