Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them a few simple questions about their work, interests and life. 

Name: Jodi Maxfield

BYU employee since: August 1990

My job: Cougarette dance team Artistic Director & Coach


Photo Credit: 
BYU Photo

I get most excited about my work when… I see my dancers achieve and have success and when they experience pure joy in artistic expression. 

The best-kept BYU secret is… I’m not sure it’s really a secret, but there are no finer people than those who come here to gain an education and to work…because…every day I feel I’m surrounded by greatness!

I became a BYU fan when… I first put on a sequin costume as a Cougarette myself my freshman year at BYU. 

My favorite BYU traditions is… Game day with the family and the Cougarettes …because… it’s something we all get excited about!

My favorite spot on campus is… Probably LaVell Edwards Stadium, maybe the Marriott Center, but really anyplace where I’ve performed and have been able to cheer on the cougars or watch my dancers perform. 

My most cherished memory at BYU was when… I made the Cougarettes, met some of the most amazing women and it literally changed my life!

On Saturday mornings you’ll find me… Up early, riding my bike, cleaning my house, shopping or preparing for a game. 

The title of my autobiography would be… With God, Anything is Possible!

Two items on my bucket list are… To learn how to twirl a baton and how to play the piano. 

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to… Australia or Paris …because… I’ve always wanted to experience those places. My husband served his mission in Australia. 

My most embarrassing moment was when… Too many to list. I keep telling my kids to be nice at my funeral!  

The biggest challenge I’ve ever faced was… I have a fear of heights so completing a ropes course high above the ground. I was Young Women President and it was at Girls’ Camp, so I had no choice but to hold back my fears and do it while my Young Women watched.

My favorite BYU win is... Whichever the most recent one is!