by Joni Astrup
Amy Nelson of Elk River is a busy wife, mother of two young children and business owner.
Now she has a new title as well: Mrs. Sherburne County International 2012.
“I’m definitely the type of person who likes to be busy,” she said with a laugh.
Pageants have appealed to her ever since she watched them as a little girl, and it’s something that she has always wanted to do.
As Mrs. Sherburne County International 2012, she will compete at a pageant in March for the state title.
Nelson likes this particular pageant system because it recognizes married women for their accomplishments in family, professional and community involvement with an added emphasis on the person’s platform.
“I thought this is a great way to make a difference and be able to speak about a specific platform,” Nelson said.
Her platform is ‘Turning Disabilities into Possibilities,’ supporting The Miracle League which makes it possible for children and teens with disabilities to play baseball on specially designed fields. Nelson said she’d love to have a miracle field in Sherburne County.
“It is so amazing to see these children playing (baseball) just like any of us,” Nelson said. “Something that we take for granted — then they’re able to have that enjoyment and fun.”
She said The Miracle League offers an opportunity to embrace community, too, because volunteers serve as ‘buddies’ to assist the players. Nelson has been a buddy.
Her passion for helping people with disabilities got its start 12 years ago. At a small home health care company, Nelson worked primarily in the office but filled in as a caregiver and saw first hand the deep love and support families had for their disabled family members. Nelson went on to start her own home health care business, Accurate Home Care. Her goal is to provide families with an agency with compassion and to deliver exceptional quality and personal service to clients, families and employees.
The company is based in Elk River and provides services in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. “We’ve grown to be the largest in the Midwest,” Nelson said.
She has a bachelor’s degree in health care management and a master’s degree in business administration.
Nelson and her husband, Jared, have two children, Kate and Dean. The family enjoys time at the cabin, family boat trips, watching Vikings games and traveling.
by Joni Astrup