Executive Director  |  AbbeHealth Aging Services
AGE: 34

Best advice you ever received?

The most memorable and profoundly impactful advice I received was simply a moment. My dad and I were walking out of some superstore and were reaching our car. A woman, perfectly capable of doing so herself, walked up to my dad with her cart and asked if he would put it away. As an early teen, I presumed this would be off-putting, but instead he gladly said, “Yes, sure!” with a smile on his face. As we were walking the cart up to the store and she was scampering off … I finally asked him if it bothered him. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know what she had going on.” We never really know what is happening in the lives of people we come across, and how we react to each person we meet and how we treat them matters.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m terrified of snorkeling.

What should people know about your generation in the workplace?

We approach things differently, but we deeply care for the work we do, the families we are part of and the community around us – often all at the same time.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?

I hope I have taught my son empathy and to believe in himself. I hope I have taught my daughter to be strong, how to love herself, to know how beautiful she is, and to have the strength to say “no” and the courage to say “yes.” Above all else, I hope they learn to love and be loved.