THE STATE, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
Assistant vice pres-ident for sales compensationservices
Husband, Gary; step-daughters, Megan and MaryKate
BS, computer infor-mation systems, Columbia Col-lege; currently in the MA pro-gram, organizational changeand leadership program at Co-lumbia College
Volunteer with Home Works and Harvest Hope; YouthCorps board member; fund-raiser for National Down Syn-drome Family Alliance in Green- ville; United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society member
In her own words:
It’s very re- warding to help someone solve aproblem or gain exposure to anew idea or technique. My goal isto make a positive impact on oth-ers in whatever way I can by uti-lizing my knowledge and talent.
What saying do you live by?
Treat others as you would wantto be treated.
Your life changed when:
I grew up in a rural part of West Virginia where furthering one’s educa-tion beyond high school was notcommon. My parents and Imoved to south Florida when I was a junior in high school. If Ihad not been exposed to a differ-ent environment at that point inmy life, it’s hard to say where I would be today.
What did you want to be whenyou grew up?
I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up! I do know that I want to con-tinue being in an environment where I feel my contributionsmatter and that I can have a posi-tive impact on the growth of others.
In a recent community serviceproject, you took service to thenext level by not only repairing ahome for a family in need but al-so cleaning, replacing house-hold items and stocking thepantry. What drives you to goabove and beyond?
I want oth-ers to know that people reallycare about their well-being.
How do you balance work andcommunity service with con-tinuing your education and hav-ing a personal life?
I generallyfocus on what needs to be doneone week at a time. If I think about everything I need to do ov-er the course of the next few months, I feel very over- whelmed. As the saying goes, theonly way to eat an elephant isone bite at a time.