Ellen grew up in Perry, graduating from Perry High School. She spent 4 years in Minnesota while attending Concordia College in Moorhead majoring in elementary education. Following graduation, Ellen returned to central Iowa and was married to her husband, Jeff, at First Federated.
She has held many different jobs over the past 3 decades including executive administrative assistant, teacher at Des Moines Christian School, retail sales and manager, children’s ministry assistant, and stay at home mom. Ellen left her most recent position as a legal assistant for 12 years to join the TMC staff team as administrative coordinator; a position that perfectly joins together many of the skills utilized in previous jobs.
Ellen and her husband, Jeff, live within walking distance of TMC and have 2 adult children, 2 beautiful granddaughters and a Westie dog. From time to time, you will see Ellen volunteer ushering at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.