Where are you from?
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Every day I meet new students who are either just starting their college search, or have already picked their top schools. Each student is unique and I love having the opportunity to find out those individual qualities. Whether I’m meeting with someone from Tampa or Texas, each student has different goals and I get to share how Florida Southern will help them achieve those goals.
What do you like most about being involved with FSC’s recruitment efforts?
I value the relationships I’m building with students, parents, and counselors. I love learning about each student I meet and seeing how FSC can be a fit for them.
What's your favorite spot on Florida Southern's campus?
It's a tie between the Water Dome and the McKay Archives Building. However, you can see the Water Dome from the McKay Archives Building!
Describe a perfect Saturday in Lakeland.
My perfect Saturday starts with a walk to the downtown Lakeland farmer’s market for hot beignets and chicory coffee, followed by time browsing through the many antique shops. Later, I’d go for a run around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth and have dinner at the Red Door before taking a sunset stroll through one of our nature preserves.
Any favorite restaurants or hangouts in Lakeland?
Fresco’s Bakery and Bistro offers the best Sunday brunch in town, but if I’m in the mood for a burger I head to Chop Shop downtown. Both have live music on the weekends and excellent outdoor seating. If I want iced coffee, I head to Mitchell’s Coffee House, but for the best vanilla latte and chocolate chip cookie, hands down the best place is Black and Brew.
Texas, and the following counties in Florida: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas
Music I Love
As a singer, I cover a lot of Grace Potter songs. I have a huge variety in my taste in music—ranging from Ludwig van Beethoven to Etta James, Ben Sollee, Jason Aldean, and Eminem. I’m constantly on the prowl for new sounds and have an appreciation for most music.
Books & Movies I Love
My all-time favorite book/movie is Princess Bride—which is odd considering I don’t enjoy love stories or chick flicks. I’m a Zombie nerd and like cult classics like Hot Fuzz and Arrested Development.
Bachelor's in Broadcasting and Communication with a Minor in Journalism from Southeastern University
"You can't build a reputation on what you’re going to do." —Henry Ford
Any hobbies or outside interests?
My mother was an artist, so I dabble in painting and drawing and enjoy visiting art museums. I love history [Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite places to visit], and I’ve been all over the country. It’s so fascinating to learn about our country.
What's something that would surprise people about you?
Most people don't know that on the weekends I occasionally ride with a motorcycle group.
Other unusual, interesting, noteworthy, or peculiar facts or trivia about you?
I pronounce the word 'bagel' like Canadians do, and I still say 'pop' when I refer to the carbonated beverage. However, I quickly adopted the Southern 'ya'll' and now drink sweet tea.