Q: Where were you born?

A: St Louis.

Q: Who had the greatest influence on you during your childhood?

A: I'd have to say generally that the women in my family all had a huge influence on me growing up. I spent a lot of time with various aunts who each contributed something different from how to make a bed "properly" to a love for Elvis Presley. Spending time with my grandma gave me both a calmer perspective to life and quite a bit of sass. My mother was an excellent contradiction as I child, I aspired to. She was both very conservative and very liberal, and I believe she passed some of her old fashioned values on to me while instilling the idea that going my own way and thinking for myself are also very important.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I am most proud of being a mother. It is the only thing I've always wanted to be. I have raised three great sons who I love with all my heart. Helping your children grow into amazing people is the most important thing a parent can do.

Q: Where did you go to high school and college?

A: I grew up in St. Louis and went to Gateway Institute of Technology a science and technology magnet school. I went to college at Drury University.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?

A: People are surprised to learn that I have 19-year-old son who is a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army.

Q: What is your philosophy to life?

A: I'd rather be weird than not weird because if you're weird then that's — weird. Being a little weird gives us each our personality and uniqueness; that's important!

Q: What drew you to Rolla?

A: I moved to this area in 2001 when my parents moved to be closer to my grandparents. I moved with them to help take care of my mother.

Q: When did you start at The Rolla Daily News?

A: I started working at RDN in October of 2011.

Q: How did you get into your career path, and why?

A: I like interacting with people and helping them get what they need. I also really enjoy paperwork (I know, it's weird!). Being the Classified Manager gives me opportunities to do all of those while giving me lots of variety to my work. I rarely have a dull day in the office.

Q: What was a life-defining moment that shaped you into the person you are today?

A: I was 13 when my dad was in a serious accident and my mother found out that she was terminally ill. That summer, I became the "adult" in our house and started taking care of more & more things. Being responsible at such a young age made me wise beyond my years and made me a better mother and a better person.

Q: Who or what is your favorite musician or song?

A: I'm not really a favorites kind of person. I like variety in most things. My playlists are all over the place: classic country, pop, alternative, modern country, heavy metal, hair bands, classic rock and more.

Q: What are your hobbies or passions?

A: I like to cook and try new recipes. My house is the group spot and often times we have groups of friends over for board games and dinner. I also get a little obsessed with reading. I don't do it as often as I used to because I have a hard time getting anything else done while I'm reading a book.

Q: Where is your favorite place and why?

A: My grandma's front porch! Standing on her front porch watching my kids play in the yard gives me a calm feeling. Standing there on those worn wooden planks makes me feel like I am an important part of my big family and makes me feel connected to those I have lost in my life.

Q: What is your treasured restaurant and what meal?

A: I'm a taco fan! It's kind of a running joke! If you have tacos, we can be friends! I'd eat Taco Bell every day twice a day and be a happy girl!

Q: What cause are you most passionate about?

A: I think all women are beautiful and want them to feel that way. I am an Independent SeneGence Distributor, and I love helping women gain confidence in themselves and feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.