Founder and executive director at Made to Thrive

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born and raised here. I moved away for college but shortly after graduation I came back to be closer to family. It proved to be a wise move as I met my husband here as well as giving me a few precious years with my mom who passed away suddenly at the age of 60.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Delish Bistro and Veg Out

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my kids and family, kayak, attend sporting events, hike to waterfalls, watch a beautiful sunset

What surprises you about Hermiston?

How quickly it continues to grow. It is definitely not the same Hermiston I grew up in. I have a population sign that has Hermiston at a little over 9,000 people shortly after I was born in the late 70’s.

What was the last book you read?

“The Go Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It is so profound and inspiring and made quite an impact on me.

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

WhatsApp to communicate with my family and friends internationally, Team App and Redfin.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

To Germany to see my four half-sisters and Italy to see where my dad’s side of the family came from.

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

One of the funniest things that has made my family and I laugh for quite a few years is when I was goofing around walking backward to school and my dad hollered at me to turn around so I wouldn’t hit the pole holding a traffic sign. When I turned around I hit the pole with my forehead. It made an awful sound and gave me quite the goose egg. Days later I realized the pole was bent...when I asked my dad about it he told me my head did that. I found out years later he was joking. A car had hit the pole but it was coincidentally around the same time I hit it with my head. He always teased me for my hard headedness!

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

Travel, take more time to relax.

Professionally, to hire staff and continue to scale Made to Thrive.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Personally, my children, running a marathon, being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at my college and caring for my parents until they passed away even when the days were long and very tough.

Professionally, I am most proud of starting Made to Thrive, which now serves more than 300 kids per year, from the ground up in 2014. I rarely have time to sit back and think about that, but it’s humbling for sure.

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