Tell us a little about your background
I was born in Winter Park and have lived the bulk of my life in Central Florida, except for a few years in upstate NY. Currently, I live in Orlando and work as the Director of Communications for the Orlando Health Foundation. I'm married, have a stepdaughter, and treat my two dogs like family members.
If a couple, where and when did you first meet one another?
My husband, Walter, and I met in a triathlon training group back in 2010. Once we started dating in 2011, that was it. I clearly remember telling my Mom, "He's the one." :)
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy reading, riding my Peloton, going to Disney with my family and spending time with my pups.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
My husband and I went to Panama on our honeymoon and competed in a half-Ironman. It was a bad decision! I do love the memories we created and the accomplishment, but our 10-year anniversary will be a do-over on a beach.
Why do you choose to attend Maitland Pres?
I went to Maitland Pres preschool and have so many memories of my family and the church wrapped up together. However, I didn't really become involved in church until our co-pastors arrived and helped me see Christianity in a new and different way.
How long have you been a member of Maitland Pres?
Since January of 2018, when I was baptized.
How do you feel that Maitland Pres makes an impact in the community?
Recently, I've been very proud of the way our church has handled anti-racism work and delved into the topic head-on. Many of my friends have commented on how much they appreciate seeing a church talking about race and wish their own church was so open. I'm excited to see how this work will continue as we close the race gap in our local community.
What ways are you involved with the church?
I work with the Communications Council, helping to get the message of "Love Like Jesus" out into the community.
What is a scripture you love or frequently return to and why?
"Love your neighbor as yourself, there is no greater commandment than this." Mark 12:31 - This belief is one of the simplest, yet hardest to follow. It is part of what brought me to Christianity as I felt so disturbed by the way we judged others. I come back to this as the basis of my faith often.
What are some of your personal favorites? App, Food, Color, Animal, Book, Music/Singer
App - Google News or Forks Over Knives;
Food - Tacos;
Color - Green;
Animal - Elephants;
Book - The Fountainhead
Music/Singer - Creedence Clearwater Revival