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Kristin Connell is the general manager for Hermiston’s Express Employment Services.

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born and raised here.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Hales — we’ve been going there a lot lately. I love their French dip.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I don’t have a lot of spare time. I have two kids that keep me busy with sports and dance. I’m coaching basketball for my daughter right now. But when I have time by myself, I love to read.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

How big it’s gotten. Since I was born and raised here, the changes are just crazy.

What book are you currently reading?

“On Fire” by John O’Leary. I’m re-reading it. It’s probably my favorite book right now.

What app or website do you use most often?

I’ve been using Instagram a lot, or I use sports apps for my kids’ games.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d love to go to Ireland.

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

When I was in high school, I fell down the bleachers after a game. There were lots of people around. It was pretty embarrassing.

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

What everybody wants at the beginning of the year is to lose weight and exercise more, but realistically, as a parent and a working mom, I would really like to get my house organized.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Obviously my children, but also, I’ve been in this job about 25 years. I’m very proud of being able to stay, and make a career for that long. In this industry, that’s really unheard of.

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