How long have you worked at  WVSOM?

11 years

Where are you originally from?

Clintonville, W.Va.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

We have a beautiful campus, but if I had to choose one spot it would be anywhere I can see the clock tower. Especially when it is lit up at night.

What is your favorite (or funny) memory of WVSOM?

If I had to choose one, it would be how we all came together during the 2016 flood. We had numerous administration, faculty, staff, alumni and students who volunteered in many ways (cleanup, collection and disbursement of needed supplies, monetary donations, etc.). That is what family does. We support each other's efforts when a need arises. It was humbling and emotional to be part of the outreach to our local communities. It is something I will never forget.

Why is CRCH important to our students and community?

The CRCH offers programs, events and outreach to communities statewide to meet WVSOM's mission "to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas."

We are able to share tools, resources, education and training to not only those on campus or in the local area but to residents in all parts of West Virginia. We provide various health-related programs to educate fellow West Virginians on ways to improve their own health and the health of their loved ones.

Why are your volunteer efforts important to you?

My roots are here in Greenbrier County and I am proud to call West Virginia my home. By volunteering, I am able to give back to WVSOM, my community and my state. Volunteering is not only personal growth for me but it is an investment in my community. It strengthens communities, builds bonds and relationships with others, but most importantly, it is fun! Just to think that my volunteering, whether big or small, can have an impact on someone else's life — now that is priceless.

Tell us something interesting (or something we don't know) about yourself.

Although I was a teenage mother, my daughter is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am very blessed as I now have two grandchildren, Dalton and Lilah, and they are my world. Having her early is the one thing in my life that I would not change.

Date Added: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018