Age: 48. Birthplace: Baltimore, MD. Profession: Leading with integrity. Organization: Planned Systems International. Title: Vice President. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: St, Mary’s College of Maryland (B.A.); Colorado State University (M.S., Organizational Leadership, 2023 candidate).
Recent professional development: Joined CHIEF in July 2022. Latest accomplishment: Started strength training with a personal trainer this summer and I'm feeling great. Hobbies: Reading, photography, drawing. Last book read: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna. Recently viewed and recommended: Wednesday (Netflix) was delightful; Dead to Me (Netflix) came to a cathartic end; Ghosts (CBS/Paramount+) is fun and funny; Reboot (Hulu) is hilarious and unexpectedly heartwarming. Recent unique acquisition: A massive stone chimney and gas fireplace. Installed after eight years in my current home, it lives up to the hype.
Personality profile: ISFJ/Defender; capable, loyal, witty, and curious. Never afraid to ask why. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Passionate. Moral compass: My core values of compassion and authenticity. What is your guilty pleasure? I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. Whether bad TV, trashy novels or nutrition-devoid food, pleasure is pleasure. Let’s have less judgment, more enjoyment. What natural talent have you neglected? Photography (with an actual camera, my trusty Canon HS60SX) and drawing with charcoal. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers and nurses. What is at the top of your bucket list? Egypt and Australia.
What was your first paying job? At 7-11, from age 14-17. What was your favorite college course? Abnormal Psychology. What movie have you repeatedly watched? White Christmas. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Family photos. What’s the best advice you received in your career? If you know your core values, decision making becomes easier, even if acting on those decisions may be challenging. What company or organization do you most admire? The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Helping to get more women in positions of power and mentoring younger women on how to stand in their power and succeed. What change would you like to see in the world? Equity across all fronts: health and welfare, education, career, policing, housing, transportation. What widely held belief do you reject? Menopause = death (of career, vitality, usefulness).
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Sound of Music. Of course, it’s taken, so perhaps, She Did It Her Way. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Meryl Streep. I’ve been told for years that I look like her. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? John Denver. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An astronaut. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? All the family photo albums. What advice would you give your younger self? Major in Psychology instead of English while you have the opportunity. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None. To maintain a peaceful present, we must reconcile our past and give ourselves the benefit of our experiences, whether positive or negative.
Personal motto: Be the good you wish to see in the world. Desired epitaph: She was kind and made us laugh.