35 Under 35: Sasha Bouma, Patrol Deputy, Clay County Sheriff’s Office

Written by: Brady Drake

Tell us about yourself. Tell us who you are and what you do.

I am originally from Hawley, MN. My husband and I are both deputies for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. We live on my family’s farm where we raise horses, cows, chickens, goats, and pigs along with our barn cats and our two dogs, a yellow lab and a German shepherd. In my free time, I love to travel, especially to warm destinations to snorkel, spend time with family and friends, ride horses, take our dogs for walks, spend time outdoors, and hunt.

Who are some people who have been influential in your journey and why? Who inspires you?

My mother would have to be the most influential person in my life. She taught me how to be a strong person and stand up for what I believe in. She set me up for success from a young age and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I honestly am not sure if I would be in this career if it wasn’t for Bill Bergquist being a positive influence in my life from a young age when he was Sheriff of Clay County. Another influential person in my career life is Travis Stefonowicz—he helped me believe in myself and start my career in law enforcement.

What drives you?

Helping others, I have a strong passion for helping others. Each day I strive to help at least one person. I strive to be a strong role model and make a positive impact on each person I come in contact with.

What do you think can be improved in our business community?

I think we all can be better at checking in on one another.

What are some important life lessons you have learned?

Live, learn, and grow. No one is perfect and mistakes happen. Just learn and grow from them. Treat others as you want to be treated. Hug your loved ones. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

What are some of your favorite things to do in our community?

I enjoy going to sporting events, rodeos, riding horses—really anything outdoors. I love trying new restaurants and checking out small businesses.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself continuing to serve the residents and visitors of Clay County. I pray that within the next 10 years, my husband and I have a couple of little ones and are busy with youth rodeos, sporting events, and family time!

What are you hoping to gain from the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program?

I am excited to network with 34 other amazing women from our community. I look forward to learning more about myself, becoming a stronger leader, and learning more ways I can help others within our communities along with growing stronger relationships within my personal life. I hope to gain more confidence in myself.

What are your passions outside of work?

My faith, family, and friends. I have a strong passion for animals, especially my own.

Tell us about 1-2 books, podcasts, or professional development experiences that have changed the way you view leadership.

“WHOA That’s Good Sadie Robertson Huff Podcast”

“Made For This with Jennie Allen S15 Ep24: You are not a Victim to your thoughts.”

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.