Mickey is half Lakota Indian and half Puerto Rican. She joined the Army and served as an equipment repair specialist for 7 years, including a deployment to Iraq. Mickey was severely injured while serving in-country, resulting in a permanent leg injury and medical discharge from the service.

Mickey spent a portion of her childhood on a reservation in South Dakota in what she calls “big sheep country”.  During her service in Iraq, she fell in love with Awassi sheep. After her service, Mickey decided to return to her roots to pursue raising sheep as a full-time enterprise. Dot Ranch is based on a 40-acre property in Scio, Oregon. Mickey is one of a few farmers raising Navajo Churro Sheep, an American heritage breed. She also raises Muscovy ducks, Dexter cattle, Black Copper Maran chickens and Mottled Java chickens.

As a Bob Woodruff Farming Fellow through the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund, Mickey used her funding to purchase a specialized sheep squeeze handling system, as well as other farm equipment. Currently, Mickey is a student at Oregon State University in the Natural Resource Management program, the founder of a Doberman Pinscher rescue, the sole proprietor of Dot Ranch, and a single mother. Mickey embodies the spirit of veterans returning home to not only farm but give back to their communities.