How did you first learn about JJWC?
I used to work in communications for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center. One day I was asked to take photos when JJWC stopped by to deliver the philanthropy check to the CAC. I thought it was so cool how our community got involved to raise money for our organization.
What made you decide to join JJWC?
I had made a New Year’s Resolution to expand my professional network. I started thinking about local organizations I could join, and I remembered JJWC from that check presentation all those years ago.
What has been your favorite service project or event to be a part of?
We hosted a Dr. Seuss reading party for the after school program at Warren Sharpe Center. I really had fun reading “Fox in Socks” even though I stumbled on a lot of the tongue twisters – the kids thought it was hilarious! We were able to send every child home with their own brand new Dr. Seuss book and a striped hat. I was amazed at how much this small gesture meant to the kids.
How have you personally grown or benefitted from being in JJWC?
One of the things I love about JJWC is that we have members from all walks of life, backgrounds, and professions. I love getting to know people’s life stories, I feel like being in Juniors has expanded my horizons. I’ve also learned leadership lessons along the way. As a new member, I jumped right in to chair a committee, and now I’m the Club President. Luckily I have great mentors and guides in the women who have been President before me – I’m proud to continue their legacy!
Tell us a little about your family and what you do for a living.
I work in hospital administration at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and my husband Alex is a funeral director with Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes.
What's a fun fact that most people might not know about you?
I grew up in Peoria and moved to Joliet to attend college. Even though I currently live in Morris, I consider Joliet to be my “adopted” hometown.