EMERGE New Member Spotlight - Jovan Hemenez

02/14/2020 12:00 PM | Jovan Hemenez (Administrator)

Everyone, meet Jovan Hemenez, Administrative Assistant for City of Lakeland

  1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland? My boss, Nicole Travis, told me about EMERGE. I joined to network and meet other young professionals in Lakeland, as I am new to the city.
  2. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from? I am not originally from Lakeland, FL. I was born and raised in Orlando, and spent the most recent 5 years of my life living in Gainesville, FL (sorry, I am not a Gator!). I moved to Lakeland in May 2019.
  3. What do you like most about Lakeland? I really enjoy the peace over this city. There’s just such a beautiful atmosphere about Lakeland. All the lakes, swans, the landscape, the murals downtown… it all creates a tranquil and serene atmosphere and environment.
  4. What do you do? I am currently an Administrative Assistant to Nicole Travis, who is the Director of the Community & Economic Development Department for the City of Lakeland. I am also a full-time student at SEU, getting my masters in Marriage & Family Therapy.
  5. What do you like most about your job/profession? I personally feel like my boss is somewhat of a celebrity, so I really enjoy the opportunities that I have been given in meeting many professionals in the City and surrounding community.
  6. What are some of your hobbies? Well, I am very big on my Christian faith. So, some of my hobbies include studying the Bible, mentoring youth, and I absolutely love singing (& yes, I can actually sing). I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with my beautiful wife. You’ll typically catch us at the movie theaters, at a restaurant (we love trying new places, especially "hole in the wall" places), and just exploring and traveling.  
  7. What’s your involvement in the community? Right now the most involvement that I have with the community is being a part of EMERGE, and I am actively involved with serving at Family Worship Center (mostly with the youth ministry).
  8. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going? I like talking about God, my wife, Apple products, Marvel Movies… just to name a few things. Please DO NOT ask me about work, LOL, Just kidding…
  9. Anything else you want to add? I love vlogging. I haven't posted a vlog, in over 3 years (LIFE happened).
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