Health & Wellness Director, Interim Aquatics Director, YMCA
Who was your first mentor in life?
My Dad. No question. He led by example. Hard work pays off. As soon as I was old enough to work, I worked. There was no choice involved. I learned the value of hard work and doing your job well. It didn’t matter what the job was-de-tasseling, lifeguarding, trainer, director. You do your job and you do it to the best of your ability. I must also mention John Martin, my high school swim coach. He instilled in me- no goal is ever out of reach and with hard work, positive attitude and perseverance you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
What was your most memorable lesson?
Learning more from my failures than from my successes. My favorite quote “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
What does community mean to you?
A place where my family can have positive experiences and also have opportunities to thrive socially and professionally. I am a transplant. I now call Maroa home. I have lived here for 21 years and am constantly amazed at how giving this community is. The generosity of this community inspires me to be a better person.
Why are you involved in the community?
I am proactive rather than reactive. If you want to make a positive impact you need to get out there and do something. Nobody likes an armchair quarterback. This community has made great strides in the last decade. I love being a part of this. Working at the Decatur Family YMCA makes it very easy for me to do so. We make a positive impact on so many people’s lives every day.
What advice would you give to people who want to do more?
You do not need money to make a difference. Time is the most treasured resource. Donate your time. Everyone has a passion. Follow that passion and strive to make a difference.