I was born in Nashville, TN and was raised not far from Maryville in Lenoir City. My husband, Chris, and I have three rambunctious boys, David, Vincent, and Siert. I became a student at Maryville College much later in life than traditional students, I was 31. While at MC, I created and ran several organizations such as Maryville College for our Military and their Families and the Non-Traditional Student Organization. I also participated in the Student Government Association, the Peer Mentor program, and I was an Ambassador for the College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I hope to focus in genocide studies when I go to graduate school. I am currently working for Maryville College because I believe in the mission of the school and I am not quite ready to leave.
- Last book I read- Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
- Favorite TV shows- Antiques Roadshow, Big Bang Theory, Genealogy Roadshow
- Last Movie I saw- Amelie`
- Favorite Sport- Hockey
- Favorite hobbies- gardening, crafting
- Favorite place to go- Austria
Why I Love MC
In the three years I have spent at Maryville College, I have become a better mother to my teenage children. I have had to interact with students who were not far off in age from my own children. I began to understand their perspective and realize that, while their path may not be as difficult as my own, the path they are on is the toughest time they have had to deal with in their lives to this point. The generation gap quickly melted away in my daily interactions and now some of my best friends are between the ages of 18 and 23.
I have also learned a higher level of patience from dealing with students of my own age. I have come to understand that we all have our own struggles and each one is unique. A few of the positions I have held on campus have also inspired change in me.
My role as co-founder of the student organization Maryville College for Our Military and their Families was derived from a very personal and dear place in my heart; my husband is a Desert Storm veteran. The amount of respect that I hold for military service men and women, both past and present, is immeasurable. Having access to and utilizing the resources of MC to find even the smallest ways to try to give back to our men and women in uniform and their families seemed like an elementary decision.
Over the years, MC has influenced multiple facets of my life and given me a community that I have had the pleasure to give back to.