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How did you first learn about JJWC?

I joined because my best friend from high school invited me to a meeting in 2002!

What made you decide to join JJWC?

I could instantly tell I had a connection not only to the ladies, but to service and to volunteering in general. I joined at my first meeting.

What has been your favorite service project or event to be a part of?

Hard question as I’ve loved so many! Would have to go with our Extreme Home Makeover” project we did at Daybreak Shelter. I think it was in 2005. We registered at Target for “gifts” like linens, towels, kitchen items and had Members purchase items off the registry. Then a team went down and “redid” the rooms – two bedrooms and a bath. I’ll never forget this project or the profound impact it had on me. It’s a story best told in person so I’ll save it until I am at a meeting and can share with you all.

How have you personally grown or benefitted from being in JJWC?

Wow…. well it opened my eyes to the importance of giving back to our local communities. And it was though JJWC that I discovered my love for chartering clubs, starting with our Joliet Juniorettes in 2004. I’ve started or helped charter another 9 clubs in the state of Illinois since then, resulting in hundreds of ladies being a part of this tremendous federation of ours, GFWC.

Tell us a little about your family and what you do for a living.

I am the Executive Director of PowerForward DuPage, representing over 400 electrical contractors in DuPage County. I am married and live in Naperville with our cat Nikitty and dog, Zoe Girl!

What's a fun fact that most people might not know about you?

I love to sing karaoke.