Mandi has spent her career building service-learning and leadership programs at three different institutions in Iowa. She received her B.A. from Cedarville University in Organizational Communication and her M.S. from Iowa State University with an emphasis in Higher Education, Speech Communication, and Women's Studies. In 2010-2011, she was honored to be named the Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Staff Award Winner for her work at Coe College. Mandi received the 2012 Iowa Student Personnel Association Outstanding Service Award.
In July of 2011, she joined Drake University as the first service-learning coordinator. Mandi's passion is to support Drake's mission to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. She believes a high quality community engagement and service-learning program and meaningful community partnerships can be the driving force to meet the mission of the institution. In her free time, Mandi enjoys traveling with her husband Adam, swimming with her daughter Ava, and training for triathlons.