Aurora grew up in Boyne City, Michigan. She graduated in 2008 from NMU with a degree in Environmental Conservation and a minor in Mechanical Engineering Technology. She loved the technology programs offered at NMU’s Department of Engineering. Her favorite courses were welding and bioenergy.
Aurora has worked as a Mechanical Designer for Integrated Designs, Inc. in Marquette since 2008. She was offered an internship at IDI while she was still in her last semester at NMU. Although designing plumbing and HVAC systems was not what she envisioned doing after college, she jumped on the opportunity to stay in the UP. Aurora is grateful to work for a small company that challenges her and allows her to learn new skills.
A few things that Aurora loves about Marquette are all of the great events and organizations. She quickly learned that these heavily rely on the wonderful people and community that help out, which is why she loves volunteering. Aurora is a mentor with Start the Cycle, a mountain biking program for at-risk youth, as well as a former mentor with the YMCA’s Reach & Rise program. She is on the 40 Below committee for the Iron Range Roll, which supports Reach & Rise. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Marquette Trails Festival, a weekend-long biking and running event that helps support the Noquemanon Trail Network.
Aurora has served on the board for the Ore Dock BotEco Center since 2012. The Ore Dock BotEco Center is a non-profit that aims to repurpose the lower harbor ore dock into a public space and eventually a botanical garden, all while preserving the dock’s history.
In her free time, Aurora plays soccer, weaves baskets, and enjoys gardening, camping, fishing, biking, and travelling. She loves all four seasons, including the cold, snowy one. One of her only complaints is that there are too many fun things to do in the area, and not enough time in a day to do them all!