1. Where are you from?
Springfield, IL – aka the Land O’ Lincoln
2. What is your favorite food?
I eat mostly plant-based foods, so everyone makes fun of me because of the fact that 99% of what I make comes from Oh She Glows. But if I had to pick one ingredient, it would definitely be avocados!!!
3. What is your role with The 84 Movement?
I’m the Senior Program Manager, so I have the awesome job of supervising between 4-6 people, making sure we’re reaching our goals, and trying to plan an proactively problem solve in order to make the program better.
4. How did you first learn about The 84?
While I was living in Spain, I knew I wanted a job in Boston doing something I loved. Since, I had been doing tobacco prevention work since high school, I knew it’d be the perfect fit! I actually remember telling my grandma in high school that I knew I was going to work with high schoolers on tobacco prevention as my lifelong career.
5. What is your favorite part about working with The 84?
Such an easy question – my team and working with the Statewide Leadership Team! It’s a great feeling to get up every morning and love to come to work with such great people. And the youth are just so passionate about making change in their community that it is contagious!
6. What is one thing you HAVE to have on your desk at all times?
I have this calendar of positive affirmations that my team got me, and the one I have to have on my desk says “there is time and space for everything I want to do today.” With this job, a husband, being super involved in the leadership of my church, and friends, this is super important for me to remember and practice. 😊
7. What is one of the funniest moments you have had in the office?
The day before my birthday, I was in a meeting with Natalie and she told me that she needed me to go to the conference room with her and that I had to close my eyes. When I opened them, all 15 of my coworkers in my department were standing there (and on Skype) in jeans and white tops, where they proceeded to serenade me with “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. I was so shocked that all I could do was crack up the whole time… it is not every day your coworkers are on their knees singing to you!
8. What is one message you have for youth about their role in tobacco control?
You’re it. You’re enough. You have all the tools you need to make the change you want to make. And while you might not feel like you have a voice in other areas of life, you’ve definitely got a valuable one here at The 84.