Here's the interview:
What I do at work: I get to play all day! I am the director of Willson House Child Development Center, the first inter-generational child development center in Oregon. Our program fosters a mutually beneficial relationship in a home-like environment that offers a holistic approach for children and seniors. Our one-on-one interaction helps keep the kids focused while conversely helping to keep seniors’ cognitive abilities sharp.
What I do with my time: I love to entertain. I love baking and cooking and experiencing new foods. Family is so important to me that I often spend time being with them. But I also love being active in the outdoors.
Why I work and live in the Mid-Valley: I love to work here because our families come from a variety of cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. Those differences enrich our community and help everyone to see things from a different perspective. I love to live in Salem for the beauty and the convenience of getting to the mountains, beach or city all in one afternoon.
What’s my favorite Salem secret? Word of Mouth Bistro and their Creme Brulee French toast.
What’s something people wouldn’t guess about me: Teaching was never something I wanted to do, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else! I would love to one day teach in a college setting since I had such a great experience at Corban University.
What I was like at 12 years old: I’m a twin, but I was so different than my sister Kelly (who also now works with me). I was super independent and not as nice as I am now. My family nicknamed me “DI” (short for drill instructor). You wouldn’t guess that about me now. I still like to be in control, but I’m much nicer about it.
My smartphone: BlackBerry
Twitter or Facebook: Facebook
I’d love to have lunch with: A.W. Tozer ... one of my favorite authors!