Meet McKenzie Salka

  1. Who inspires you: My parents – they are real go-getters, and are a big reason why I feel like I’m capable of doing anything!
  2. Best gift ever given? A flight lesson for my 16th birthday from my grandparents.
  3. Your motto: If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.
  4. Favorite sport: Softball! It consumes my every second this time of year; I am a pitching coach, assistant coach for the high school, and head coach of a 14U travel team… and when I can, I like to play co-ed on Wednesday nights here in Lewistown J
  5. Favorite day of the year: New Year’s Eve – there’s something very special about new beginnings!
  6. I can’t start my day until…I have completed my morning routine – the main components of this are drinking a cup of coffee and dust mopping the first floor of our house. Why? Not sure, but it’s true.
  7. Something interesting about you: There is a Dateline episode about me from when I was 17 and crash landed a plane in Wyoming.
  8. Pet Peeve: When people talk over others and don’t make space for conversation
  9. I’ve never seen…A lot of movies… like, a lot of movies. I’m getting better!
  10. Nickname: Kenz, Kenzie, but never McKenz.
  11. I really want to learn more about: All sorts of things! Professionally, I want to learn more about policy work, personally I also would like to know how to throw pottery on a wheel.
  12. Something from your bucket list: Traveling to all sorts of places – the list is quite long! My husband and I have a goal to see the Himalayas next year.
  13. Guilty pleasure: Bachelor Nation… I can’t look away.
  14. I wish I could…Catch up with all of my good friends and family on a more regular basis.
  15. What are you really good at I am really good at accomplishing the things I set my mind to!
  16. What did you used to be able to do? I used to be able to finish a really good book in one sitting – life is a little busier now!
  17. Dream job: When I was younger, I wanted to be the typical things – a singer, a lawyer, a doctor… I also dreamed about moving to an island to open up a juice bar and being a scuba instructor, lol. BUT, I also love the idea of moving up in my prevention work to grow the impact I’m making from Fergus County to beyond.
  18. Something you’re most proud of: In 2021, my now husband and I bought an unlivable house, and we’ve since been able to remodel it to 99.9% – definitely proud of us both for this one – and all of the family and friends who helped us along the way J
  19. Spare time activity: Spare time can be hard to come by, in addition to my prevention work, I also teach yoga and work on the DFC grant in Fergus County, but if I’m not coaching, working, or working on our house, I like to be outside as much as possible – hiking, biking, fishing or walking our dog Moose!
  20. What do you wish you were better at: leaving free time free J
  21. Who have you learned the most from? This is a tough one. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of support and a lot of great teachers and mentors in my life. I think I’m going to say it’s a tie been each of my parents – they’ve taught me the value of hard work, and the importance of strong love.
  22. Something no one would believe about you: That I used to want to be an MMA fighter
  23. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be: I wish there was a way to provide everyone with a life that feels like enough for them. Enough love, happiness, comfort, joy and purpose.
  24. What are you learning right now? My mom is teaching me about beekeeping! I’m also wrapping up an online course on ethics, and am headed to week 3 of the National Coalition Academy – we can never know too much J
  25. What could you not live without: I couldn’t live without laughter. But also – I do not think I would survive a weekday in this world without caffeine and a planner. Cell phones are nice, too J

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