What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? I moved to the valley when I was 11 with my family. After trying a number of times to leave as an adult, I have enjoyed living here full-time for the last 14 years.

What was your most interesting or unusual job? I had a summer job as a dock hand at a resort in Washington state. It involved everything to getting people set up for activities, docking their boats, and urinals which I hope to never do again. My current job as program director at English In Action is my most interesting job. I get to marry my passion for working with people with learning and developing new skills every day. I feel so fortunate to have a job that fulfills me. 

Why did you apply to be in RFL Mastermind? I applied at the suggestion of my boss, but my goal in participating is to create a network of other professional women who can help me realize some personal and professional goals that I have.

What are your thoughts about the first session? It was great! I have already used some of the things we went over that first day at my job. It helped to drive home some of the things that I have been working on for years.

What is your definition of success? Satisfaction in what I do. Seeing other people that I interact with thrive. Maintaining balance in my personal and professional life.

What are you most proud of in the last year? Personal growth in my position at work and organizational growth overall.

What do regret not doing in the last year? Not finding more time for balance – setting aside time to reflect and digest all that I am learning and doing.

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? Take my family to a language school

What’s the best advice you ever heard? Be careful who and what you spend your energy on. You’ll never get it back.

What would you say to someone contemplating applying to RFL Mastermind? Do it! It is an easy and accessible way to grow personally and professionally.