Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?
Q: What are a few songs that pump you up and/or inspire you?
Anything by Beyoncé or Rihanna pumps me up! My favorite Beyoncé song is "ALREADY," and my favorite Rihanna song is "Umbrella"--an oldie but goodie.
Q: How would you describe what you do/how you do your job, to a 10-year-old?
As a Relationship Specialist, I get to chat with families and volunteers to see how things are going in their match, and I offer help and support wherever I can. My main goal is to help matches build a strong, healthy, and safe relationship.
Q: What in your work or life experiences made you think, “You know? I’d like to work at Big Brothers Big Sisters…!”
I was a Resident Advisor (RA) in college, and a big part of my job was being there for first-year students, checking in on them, advocating for their well-being to school admin, and offering them support as they transition from high school to college life. I enjoy helping people and being a resource for them, so I wanted a job that centered around supporting others. I heard wonderful things about BBBS--especially from my mom, who had been a Big Sister when she got out of college--, and I wanted to be a part of the organization.
Q: Can you give an example of an interaction or experience you’ve had that’s made you feel your work is making a difference?
I recently supported a Little Sister and her Big Sister as they navigated the death of a very important person in Little Sister's life. My role as a Relationship Specialist enabled me to check in on Little Sister, offer resources, and be there for Big Sister as she supported her Little. In such an unfortunate situation, I can only hope that my actions offered some comfort to Little Sister and Big Sister.
Q: What’s your fondest or most fun memory of being a new staff member at BBBSEMO?
I enjoyed going to Busch Stadium with other staff members over the summer in preparation for Battle at the Ballpark. I started working at BBBS during the pandemic and had not had a chance to meet many of the other staff members in-person. Getting to meet them and be a part of an agency event was super fun!