Growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Cortney joined the United States Air Force her senior year of high school. She served for four years, from 2003 – 2007. Trained as a non-destructive inspection journeyman, Cortney inspected fighter jets, cargo planes and helicopters for structural integrity. She was deployed to Uzbekistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 – 2005.
Cortney attended college after retiring from the Air Force in 2007. She returned to Minnesota to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. In 2011, she completed her master’s degree, also in psychology, at Antioch University in Seattle, Washington.
Taking her degrees to the working world, Cortney earned a position with the Wounded Warrior Project. Their mission is to help wounded service members be successful. Cortney worked providing retreats and activities for post 9/11 combat veterans.
Currently the founder and guide for Mindful Restoration LLC, Cortney leads and assists with outdoor retreats for veterans as well as any others involved with the organization.
Offering therapy without cost to other veterans, Cortney is also a Veteran Outreach Coordinator for EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program – Veteran Resilience Project of Minnesota. This organization provides therapeutic services to returning veterans.
Cortney and per partner, as well as their 19-month old daughter, now live in New Prague, MN. Globe University and Minnesota School of Business would like to say thank you to Cortney and all the other veterans out there for everything you’ve done and continue to do for our country.