Roxanne lives on her family’s home farm near Jamaica, Iowa along with her husband Craig and 4 children. She graduated from Iowa State University with an Agricultural Business degree, along with a minor in Agronomy in 1995 then worked several years for BASF Agricultural Products as a sales representative selling crop protection products. However, her life quickly changed when her twins were diagnosed with medical challenges in the summer of 2006. Her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at 2 years and 4 months old and her daughter’s twin brother was diagnosed with Autism that same summer. Rachel had lesions throughout all the lobes in the right half of her brain, had multiple types of seizures, failed numerous seizure medications and was told that she would always have to live a life with uncontrolled seizures. After battling harsh seizures for nearly three years, she was clinically diagnosed with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis and eventually Cortical Dysplasia, which led to a right hemispherectomy brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center on March 26th, 2009. Rachel continues to enjoy living a life of seizure freedom since her brain surgery. She participates in Sunday school, Cass Pioneers 4-H Club, Challenger League Soccer & Basketball, Youth Football Cheerleading, Special Olympics Bowling, Special Olympics Cheerleading, the Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant and dance.
In addition of overseeing 13 states as Central Regional Director for The Hemispherectomy Foundation, Roxanne is employed as Director of Iowa Epilepsy Services with the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Iowa, is an appointed member on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Brain Injuries and is an appointed member on the Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce. Roxanne enjoys reading, participating in bible studies, camping, bicycling and coaching soccer.