When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I was hired as the HR Director for the Hermiston School District in October of 2017 and my wife and I moved to Hermiston in April of 2018 after selling our home in Milton-Freewater.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
There is a lot of variety and great places to eat in Hermiston and we are still working our way though all the options. It is difficult to choose one, but if I had to choose, I’d say the Delish Bistro. I end up going there one or two times a month and the food is always fresh and tasty. I do find it difficult to resist their gelato.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Since we moved relatively recently, we are still spending a lot of time finishing up small projects around our house and trying to get rid of stuff we still have in storage. We we are not doing that, we love to go to the movies and visit our daughter in La Grande. I also try to go skiing and hiking with my daughter as much as possible.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
Having lived over 20 years in Milton-Freewater, I didn’t know what to expect when moving to Hermiston. I have been pleasantly surprised at how welcoming the community has been. Other than the challenge of finding a new home, Hermiston has been an easy community to become a part of.
What was the last book you read?
Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why.” The book offers some great insights as to what helps to make an organization exceptional. I also am finishing “The Deepest Well” by Nadine Burke Harris. This book delves into the connections with adverse childhood experiences and long-lasting and often surprising impacts. Thankfully the book provides numerous examples of how communities can successfully support families to break the adverse cycle. I also will hide away for a weekend each time the new Clive Cussler book comes out.
What app or website do you use most often other than Facebook or Google?
I have to admit that I am a little bit addicted to Pinterest. No matter what your interest, there is tons of information and ideas about it. It is a great resource for your hobbies and interests. Of course it can be a little bit of a time vacuum as well. I like to backpack in the summer. On Pinterest, I discovered dozens of ways to lighten the amount of weight you carry. Did you know that some people saw their toothbrushes in half to save with in the packs?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Tibet and Nepal are fascinating places. The combination of dramatic scenery (tallest mountains in the world) as well as ancient cultures is very intriguing. I hope to travel there at some point.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?
I’m not sure this is the funniest thing, but it popped into my mind first. Years ago when I was teaching high school, one of my students was the daughter of a colleague. During class, I asked the student a question but inadvertently called her by her mother’s name. Needless to say, the student was not happy by the slip and the rest of the class thought it was quite amusing. Thankfully the student was not scarred for life by being called her mother’s name and has gone on to a successful career in the medical profession.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
The main goal is to finish our projects at home to be able to spend time doing other things.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
So far, I would say that seeing my daughter walk across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Oregon University tops the list.