Briana Cortaberria

Executive assistant to the superintendent and board of the Hermiston School District

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

It was spring of 2010. Greg and I moved to Hermiston with our first boy, needing more space and bedrooms for our growing family. Both Greg and I are from the area; this has always been home. Greg is a Hermiston native, and I am from Pendleton. He was pleased with himself, to move me into a home overlooking Hermiston.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

As with everyone, it can depend on the mood. I have a favorite pizza place, Mexican restaurant, etc. Picking just one... I would say Kobe Hibachi Sushi. Until I started a career, it was something completely out of my norm, making it seem like a “treat” now.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What spare time? With three boys, two of which are now in sports, spare time is a premium! I will say this, though, I have come to enjoy the time I have to fold laundry because at least I am off my feet. Bonus benefit, I can get in a Hallmark movie or two at the same time.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

I am surprised Hermiston is big enough to have “traffic!” I don’t remember traffic two or three years ago, but now I definitely have roads I try to avoid at certain times of the day.

What was the last book you read?

I just finished “A Shade of Vampire 5: A Blaze of Sun,” by Bella Frost. I downloaded the first book free on social media, from one of those “If you liked the Twilight books, then you must check this out.” sponsored ads... Little did I know the series had 68 books!

What app or website do you use most often other than Facebook or Google?

For social media, I prefer Instagram. I enjoy the more personal aspect of it, keeping up with my friends and family through pictures and avoiding most of the political posts now on FB.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

For me, the travel “to” isn’t really the question. I could find enjoyment and appreciation in any number of places. Honestly, it would be more about the “when.” When can we find time, currently? But also looking ahead, I hope to travel with my family — Greg and the boys — along with my parents, Greg’s dad. In the more distant future, our boys’ families. I hope to create and share memories with my whole family!

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

It is funny now, but looking back it wasn’t at the time! When we were pregnant with our second child, the doctor initially told us we were having a girl. I was elated! We would have one of each, a quaint little family. About ten minutes later, as the doctor is checking all the organs and such, she says “well, what is that.” She kind of paused; then apologized and corrected herself. “You are having a boy.” She went on to profusely apologize, as I am in tears at this point, and Greg is trying to not jump up and down and cheer!

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

As a mom of three and wife to a busy spouse, I don’t get much time for myself or time to be “me.” I hope to allow myself time to catch up with friends and give myself the grace to take a break now and then from the busyness of it all.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Without a doubt, the family that Greg and I have built together. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to have three children, let alone all boys! Just sitting here thinking about it, I can get emotional! I am truly blessed.

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