Miriam grew up in North Dakota and finished high school in Wisconsin. When she moved to Decorah in 2000 for college, she fell in love with the beauty of this region and the vibrancy of the people. After graduating in 2004, marrying her best friend Paul Skrade ’04, and giving birth to their twins, she moved to Ames, IA. There she obtained a Masters of Science in Exercise Psychology and then moved to Galesburg, IL where she was the Head Tennis Coach at Knox College. Miriam and Paul always intended to return to Decorah to pursue their careers and raise their children, Annalise and Daniel, and did so in 2015. Miriam started out as a tennis coach for Luther, but then took over the Luther College Strengths Program in 2017 and has felt privileged to serve the campus in this capacity.