What year did you graduate Prairie High School?
What activities were you involved in at Prairie?
Basketball, Volleyball, Choir, Show Choir, Student Council, Speech Team, National Honor Society
What is your current position?
Principal Business Development Manager
Where is your place of employment?
Collins Aerospace (Formerly Rockwell Collins)
What are your job responsibilities?
I work with US and International governments, and Aircraft OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to develop solutions to sustain their military aircraft. I develop strategies to grow Collins Aerospace’s aftermarket business across the globe. Additionally, I create marketing content for the company website, marketing materials, press releases, and trade shows.
Describe your career/educational path since graduating from Prairie High School.
Since graduating from Prairie High School, I went on to pursue an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, majoring in Marketing. I transferred my junior year to the University of Northern Iowa, and continued my major in Marketing and Sales. I started an internship at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) following my sophomore year of college, and was fortunate enough to continue to intern with the company for the remainder of my collegiate career.
Upon graduation, I went to work for Rockwell Collins as a Market Analyst. I’ve been with the company ever since, in a variety of Marketing and Business Development roles. I also earned my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in May 2015.
What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates?
Follow your passion. Take risks. Be willing to start anywhere. Internships are invaluable. It’s a win-win for both the intern and the company. It allows you to figure out if the company is a good fit and gets your foot in the door. It also allows the company to test out its future employees.
Anything else you would like to add?
My husband (Zach Less) and I met at Prairie and are high school sweethearts! Zach is a Pharmacist at the University of Iowa Oncology Clinic. We have two children: Hudson (3), and Laiken (1). We live in Solon, Iowa.
We have wonderful memories from our time at Prairie and are so thankful for the experiences provided to us by our teachers and coaches.