Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
A: Multitasking, dealing with the range of different things that happen in the office.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I think the hardest part and my favorite part are the same. I like the variety and the fact that it’s different every day and it’s a different challenge everyday.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I had a really good childhood. All I’ve every wanted to do was be in my hometown and be active in the community.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Old books. I have good intentions I’ll read them all some day.
Q: What’s your favorite book you’ve read?
A: My favorite book is always the most recent book I’ve read. Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: I love to try different food. When you branch out, sometimes it doesn’t work out so well but sometimes it does.
Q: What song are you always singing along to?
A: I love old gospel hymns, things I heard when I grew up.
Q: What is the last movie you saw in theaters?
A: Top Gun. (The second Top Gun)
Q: What is the coolest place you’ve ever been?
A: Southern Thailand. I went there on an exchange program in the mid nineties through the rotary club. We landed in Bangkok and did a city by city tour-it was incredible.
Q: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: I had music training-when I was younger I studied singing and in college I basically became a trained opera singer.
Q: Do you sing in the shower?
A: Unfortunately yes.
Q: Name three things on your bucket list.
A: I would like to travel more. The destination doesn’t really matter. There is beauty everywhere, you just have to look.
Q: What is something that you would like your great-great-grandchildren to know about you or be told about you?
A: I would hope that our great-great grandchildren could feel what it’s like to be free. It’s something I felt like I was really blessed with as a child, growing up in a supportive environment where I was free to make choices and pursue dreams. I hope they get that same sense.
Q: What is your life Motto?
A: There is a poem that was important in my mother’s side of the family, called Psalm of Life by Longfellow. Failure is a part of trying.
Q: Who has had the most influence on your life?
A: As a kid I l looked up to a local man named Warren Beck. I thought, “He’s got it all figured out.” But, no doubt, the most influential people were my parents.
The poem referenced:
A Psalm of Life
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
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