Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. I’m very comfortable with wide open spaces!
What do you do?
I’m the executive director at Explorations V Children’s Museum
What do you like most about your job/profession?
There is no such thing as a bad day. Even the worst meetings are cured by walking into the lobby and greeting smiling kids anxious to play and learn something new. I may have made more crafts as an adult than I did as a kid and I’m okay with that.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love running. Florida has a lot of paved, beautiful running trails which have become a happy place for me. I’m big into flea markets, too. There’s something very appealing about going to one place for a corn dog and a Bertoia chair. (true story)
What’s your involvement in the community?
I’m on the Board of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. My BA is in flute performance and my husband is a classical musician. Being able to support and advocate for young musicians is very rewarding. The youth orchestra will never turn away a student for an inability to pay tuition. If they audition in and make the cut, we will find a way to cover their costs which means up to $20,000 in scholarships each year.
If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
Dinosaurs. Thanks to my almost 6 year old I feel like I could hold a decent conversation on the topic.
What do you like most about Lakeland?
The wonderful children’s museum! And the thousands of happy children that visit it each year.
Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
I lived in Rochester, NY, for two years and was very active in the young professional scene. I saw the power that our voice had there and how quickly that voice propelled the City forward. I miss that and hope to serve EMERGE in a similar way.