1. Position/title: Director of Volunteer Service and the Bonner Program.
2. Hometown: Louisville.
3. Career highlight: In the spring of 2005, I joined six students and Megan O'Brien, our Director of Student Activities, for a week-long service trip to McDowell County, West Virginia. We partnered with the community center in the small town of Caretta to construct a new roof for a family's home. By the end of the week students who had never before swung a hammer were driving nails with ease and even upgrading their abilities to using a circular saw. Our team did some amazing work and really was able to make a difference in the lives of family members who that week became our friends. This spring I led another team to Caretta and plan on going back this fall.
4. What brought you to Centre? As a graduate of Centre, I recognized the significance of the undergraduate experience Centre offers and wanted to play a part in providing that experience for others.
5. Favorite/amusing/profound student anecdote? This summer Teresa Johnstone ('09) lead a group of her new co-workers back to Caretta to attend the local Bluegrass Festival and meet the people she had gotten to know during our First-Year Bonner Service trip there this spring. [The Bonner Foundation is a national organization that develops student leaders dedicated to community service.] Teresa really understands the power of relationships and has learned the difference between simply service and engaging a community. In short, she's a student who "gets it."
6. Family details: A younger brother and parents in Louisville. Older brother and sister-in-law in Northern Kentucky.
7. Hobbies: Photography, traveling, being outside, finding fun in everything.
8. Pets: None right now—too busy to be home enough for one!
9. Prized possession: The stacks of photographs that remind me of family, friends, trips, celebrations, and all good times of the past.
10. Last book read:Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road, by Donald Miller.
11. Memorable trip/vacation: A trip to Montreat, North Carolina where I was for a Bonner conference. I had the chance there to hike up the highest peak this side of the Mississippi River, stay in a beautiful historic Fellowship Hall, take in the vibrant downtown life of Asheville, North Carolina, and enjoy the serenity of the Appalachian Mountains.
12. Favorite movie:The Usual Suspects.
13. Favorite album:All Points Bulletin by Dispatch.
14. Favorite food: A steak cooked just right.
15. Favorite smell: See #14.
16. Person you most admire: My younger brother, Daniel.
17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Bill Clinton.
18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Theodore Roosevelt.
19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre: Either working for a non-profit, recruiting and placing volunteers in the community; or, working as the director of an outdoors camp somewhere in the Carolinas.
20. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, positive, thoughtful.
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