Q: As director, what changes and improvements have you seen go into effect at the center during your time there?
A: There have been a number of notable achievements during my tenure as director:
Q: Where did you grow up and go to school? Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
A: I was born at Mercy Hospital and have called Elwood my home all of my life. I graduated from Elwood Community High School in 1980 and spent the next four years at Ball State University earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial education. In my first two years of teaching, I also earned a master’s of education degree in industrial education from Ball State.
Q: When did you join the Chamber board of directors?
A: I was appointed to the Chamber Board in January 2017.
Q: What do you enjoy most about serving on the board, and what do you hope to achieve?
A: Being a Chamber Board member gives me the opportunity to contribute to the awesome events the Chamber is involved in. Giving back to a community that has supported your work feels great. I hope to continue to bring residents and business together to move Elwood forward.
Q: What is your favorite Chamber event?
A: There are parts of every event that are great. The Glass Festival parade, Run to Crush Hunger, and Chili Cook-off are my favorites because I can see the residents and businesses coming out to support one another.
Q: What do you consider Elwood’s greatest untapped resource?
A: I truly believe Elwood’s location at the intersection of three state highways is going to become more significant. Currently, business/commercial growth is concentrated along interstate corridors. Residential growth will come to those who can offer the most convenience to those interstates.
Q: What do you predict for Elwood over the next five years?
A: The success of the Bison Ridge development will be a key indicator. If it attracts new residents, it’ll be the beginning of sustainable new growth for the community.
Q: Tell us a little about your family.
A: I have a daughter, Anika, who turned 21 this past summer and is engaged to be married next fall. I’m also the youngest of five siblings (three sisters and a brother). I firmly believe the best was saved for last!
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
A: Free time?! Unfortunately, the state of funding of public schools in Indiana has made educators do far more with much less, making free time a valuable commodity. Knowing that won’t be my situation forever, I’d like to spend some time traveling with a significant other.
Q: Is there anything else we didn’t ask that you would like readers to know?
A: I’ve completed three full terms on both the Leadership of Madison County Board and the St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Foundation Board
In addition to my position title, Director of Career-Technical and Adult Education, I also serve as the district’s certified school safety specialist, expulsion examiner, ADA Compliance Officer, High School Equivalency Examination coordinator, substitute teacher coordinator, and new employee intake processor.●