Q: What Do you Do for a Living?
A: I'm the Office Manager for an Architectural Firm in Grandview Heights.
Q: Tell Us About Your Family and Pets!
A: I live with my Husband and 3 cats (Pepper, Bebe and Boo!). Many of my family members also call the South Side home, including my Mom who lives just a few minutes away in South Central Commons!
Q: Which Neighborhood Do You Currently Call Home?
A: Merion Village
Q: Why Did You Move to Your Neighborhood?
A: I was born and raised on the South Side and have been here all my life (minus a few years during my childhood). I have many family members here who are also “lifers”. I've been here so long that I've had to learn to say "South Side" instead of "South End" which is how we referred to home when I was growing up. In fact, all my family members and friends who grew up here give me the stink-eye if they hear be say "South Side"!
Q: Where Else Have You Lived?
A: I lived in Kirkersville, OH for a few years when I was a young child.
Q: South Side Organization(s) Where You Work/Volunteer
A: I am the current President of the Merion Village Association.
Q: How Are You Active in The South Side?
A: I have been a member of the Merion Village Association since 2013 and began serving on the board in February of 2014. I also completed the United Way's South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy program in 2019 and am a member of the SKILLED FOR LIFE team that seeks to bring free life skills workshops to South Side residents.
Q: What Are Some Causes or Organizations That Are Important to You and Why?
A: On the local level, I am passionate about helping to build and maintain a strong South Side community though my work with the MVA and partnership organizations throughout the area. As a life-long resident of the South Side, the growth and positive change in our community I have seen over the last 30+ years has been incredible to witness. My goal is to contribute to those efforts in any way I can. Outside of my own neighborhood, I’m a fan and supporter of the Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea, MI.
Q: What's Your Favorite Thing About the South Side?
A: There any many things I love about the South Side, but one of my favorites are the deep, generational roots in this area. I attended St. Leo school as a child until it was permanently closed after my 5th grade year and I had friends from school whose parents went to school with my parents and whose grandparents also knew one another. I always felt like no matter where I went in the area, I would see someone I knew and so would my parents. I suspect that the South Side is the only place in the world that would feel like "home" to me.
Q: If You Could Make One Improvement to the South Side, What Would It Be?
A: There have been countless improvements in the area for the last several decades. Most of all, I hope to see the connections and bonds between neighbors grow and strengthen throughout the entire South Side. I believe that good neighbors are the secret sauce to building a wonderful community.
Q: What Would You Tell Someone Who May Move to the South Side?
A: We cannot wait to welcome you home!
Each week, we will feature at least one individual who lives, works and/or volunteers on the South Side and who helps to build and strengthen our community every day. If you’d like to nominate someone for the spotlight, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.