Emily Nesvold is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, majoring in microbiology and chemistry. Her first job was working in the Microbiology Teaching Laboratories at the University of Minnesota, followed by two years with the Veterinary Bacteriology Department on the St. Paul Campus. After moving to Faribault, where her husband, Robert, practiced Veterinary Medicine, she returned to school to become a teacher. She taught high school science until her retirement in 2000. Her numerous volunteer activities include: hospice bereavement co-facilitator; hospice patient care giver; cooking for the Community Café in Faribault, which provides a free meal each Tuesday; member of the American Association of University Women board of directors; and member of the Seven Mile Woods Association, which works to preserve the Basswood/Maple forest in the Northfield area. Emily and her husband are avid cyclists who belong to the Faribault Flyers Bike and Ski Club and are members of Southeastern Minnesota Association for Regional Trails (SMART).