First 5 Tulare County

Meet The Team

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Executive Director

What's your favorite cereal?

Prior to middle age I loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  Now…I eat Oatmeal ☹

What was your first job?

I was a sales associate in high school at Kathy’s Dress Shop on Main Street.  I attribute my obsession with fashion to that job.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I have met several “famous” people over the years.  The most recent was Jennifer Garner; she was the most lovely and down to earth person, not at all what I expected from a movie star.

What are you reading or binging right now?

As a child my family would read every Sunday afternoon (the TV was not allowed to be turned on) and this instilled a love for reading within me. I am currently reading Welcome Homeless: One Man's Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home by Alan Graham

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

I would love to learn a second language…in an instant!

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Finance Manager

What's your favorite cereal?

Rice Chex with bananas and honey

What was your first job?

Farm worker in the summers during high school. I still hate chopping weeds and appreciate my desk job now.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I once babysat for Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

What are you reading or binging right now?

Currently Reading "Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision".

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

Construction skills; building homes, barns, etc.

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Chief Program Officer

What's your favorite cereal?

Hot oatmeal every day with a touch of cinnamon. This is my go-to meal and I have been eating it for years.

What was your first job?

When I was in high school I tutored elementary school children.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes!!! My husband is a huge sports fan (and I mean every sport) and I have been fortunate enough to meet several athletes.  Here I am photographed with Rick Fox at Kobe Bryant’s last game. 

What are you reading or binging right now?

I am currently looking for a new book and show so I am taking suggestions!

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

I would love to be able to sing…

I can’t carry a tune! 

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Executive Assistant

What's your favorite cereal?

Honey Nut Cheerios with Bananas

What was your first job?

At a flea market in the Bay Area

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Not since the day that I met Josh Ormonde. Now I just follow famous people on Instagram.

What are you reading or binging right now?

I’m currently binging The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon and I’m starting to read Brilliant Burnout by Nisha Jackson.

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to play the guitar.

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Program Officer

What's your favorite cereal?

Half Lucky Charms. Half Trix.

a.k.a "Lucky Trix."

What was your first job?

I was a "Cart Manager" at a golf course when I was 16. Basically, I washed golf carts and picked up driving range balls while people playing tried to hit me with them.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I met Simon Sinek, NY Times Best Seller. I able to meet him at a book signing and chat for a bit.

What are you reading or binging right now?

Currently reading "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" by David Epstein, and binging Peaky Blinders on Netflix!

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

I would love to play at least one good song on the piano. Just enough to entertain people at a boring party.

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