What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?
A good friend, Kelly Colgate was involved and talked to me about all the wonderful things the Coalition was doing for area youth and regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences. She invited me to my first meeting and I joined the organization a few months later.
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?
As a group of volunteers, we rely on committed individuals to move the organization forward. Everyone involved participates at whatever level they are able. Keeping the ideas flowing and sparking member’s interest in solving and programs in place that advance our communities health and wellness needs is important to our long term success. Getting more of our communities youth actively involved is something the Coalition is trying to solve.
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?
Southside Wellness Coalitions’ membership diversity and the involvement from so many different sectors such as various non-profits, schools systems, first responders, etc. is a big plus for the area we serve.
If you are employed outside your home, what kind of work do you do?
I am the Chief Financial Officer/Development Officer at Tri-County Community Action Agency in South Boston, Virginia. I am also a partner in an EDI Software Company, Aerie EDI Group located in Chase City, Virginia, where I oversee the company’s financial affairs.
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?
When I graduated from high school I spend a year in Brazil as a foreign exchange student in Sao Luis, an island about 2 degrees south of the equator. It was the first time I had flown, the first time I learned a foreign language, and the first time I had ever been to the ocean. It is probably where I got my love of the sea!
What is something you’ve always wanted to do?
Some day I hope to take a long, leisurely, vacation; traveling around the world, stopping at all the places that have intrigued me but have yet to visit.
What is your favorite quote?
“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” ~Doe Zantamata