When I can, I love spending time with my family. This has been a challenge this year since they are spread out, and with the travel restrictions in place. I have a son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and grandson living in VA. My son works in insurance and my daughter-in-law is a nurse-midwife. My second son is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and is currently based in Montgomery. They have a daughter and a son. My youngest son is a firefighter with the City of Alcoa.
I also love serving in our community. I am currently the secretary for the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council, and the vice-chair for A Place to Stay, which is working to secure temporary housing for the homeless in Blount County. My family has been a part of the military going back to my grandfather, with my son serving currently. I love working with the military units and the volunteer organizations that serve the military. I volunteer with ESGR and giving awards to local businesses that support the Guard and Reserve is so much fun.
I served as a CASA for many years and am a current member of the Alcoa Kiwanis Club. I am also a member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and have met so many fellow business friends and community contacts.
The Financial Planning community is also important to me and I am a past president and board member of the East Tennessee Financial Planning Association.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling with friends and enjoying the scenery from atop mountains. I can’t say I necessarily enjoy the hiking to get there, but time with friends and the vistas make it worth it. A few years ago, three of us made a trip out west and spent several days visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. We hiked about 40 miles over the course of our trip and experienced some of God’s wonders.