Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Illinois
Who was your first mentor in life?
My Mother was and is the person I aspire to be like. She is the kindest person I know and she sees the good in everyone. She is the reason I have such a solid faith foundation. Anyone who meets my Mom instantly falls in love. I hope I leave people feeling the way she leaves them feeling.
What was your most memorable lesson?
One of the most important things I have learned is how to accept and welcome constructive feedback. I appreciate hearing others point of view and their ideas. Sometimes it causes me to look at things in a way I never have before. I try to surround myself with people who can teach me something to that I never stop learning.
What does community mean to you?
Community means belonging to something larger than yourself. It means realizing the impact, both positive and negative; you can have on the environment around you. Community is coming together to achieve goals that lift us all collectively higher.
Why are you involved in the community?
I am involved in the community because I believe Decatur is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I want to be a part of the positive things happening in our community. We have so many fantastic things to offer. Our lake, amphitheater, zoo, Children’s Museum, and new aquatics facility are unparalleled for a community this size. They are top-notch facilities/attractions that are affordable and accessible. We also have some of the most generous philanthropists here in Decatur. This community comes together to support those in need and I am extremely proud to be part a place that is so giving.
What advice would you give to people who want to do more?
Find something you are passionate about and enjoy doing. I guarantee there are other people in the community who share your passions. There is never a shortage of volunteer opportunities in this community. You just have to be willing to seek out those opportunities that best suit you.