Resides: Marshalltown for the past 22 years.
Hometown: Lancaster, Wis.
Family: Married to Dr. Ross Huffman. We have three children: Ryan, 18, Kyle, 16 and Sara Anne, 12.
Hobbies and interests: Yoga, travel, long-distance running, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, reading, writing. music and theater.
Occupation: I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, (will finish my 500-hour in December 2018) and have an additional 95 hours of speciality education in yoga for children with special needs. I have begun teaching yoga classes and private yoga sessions at Nourish Health and Wellness in Marshalltown. I am also crafting a program for schools called Mindful Movement Moments that incorporates movement, breathing and relaxation that is trauma informed to classrooms for promoting self-regulation. In addition, I also serve the children and families birth to 21 as an Occupational Therapy consultant with Central Rivers Area Education Agency.
Tenure: I have been an occupational therapist for 22 years, and an avid yoga practitioner 14 years.
Best part of work or occupation: The hugs and smiles from the children I impact!
If I could change jobs I would: I have been truly blessed in my profession impacting the lives of many and wouldn’t change a thing.
Movies: “White Christmas,” “Mary Poppins”, and recently, “The Greatest Showman.”
Foods:Pho and Pad Thai from Jack’s Pho House in Marshalltown! I am a huge fan of trying anything ethnic!
Sports: Green Bay (of course since I am a Wisconsin native) and anything that my kids are participating in, My son recently signed to play Football with Wartburg College in Waverly.
Best part of living in Central Iowa: Marshalltown’s diversity truly makes us stand out. I travel the country with my studies and as I share our community story, people are stunned a small community in Iowa has many world cultures represented. I am able to share community impacts and how we rise to meet the diverse needs. And my very favorite thing is the Grimes Farm…when I need some time to think and be active that is my go-to!
Most influential people: My father, He lost a courageous battle with lymphoma in August and it was the grace and hope he displayed all the way to the end really changed me.
Advice on life: Our brains are wired to live in the past or the future, learn to find the present, in those moments you will find gratitude and beauty!
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