How Many Years a CREWNY Member?
I love to bake just about anything. I have more cookbooks than shelves to put them, though now I prefer to keep recipes electronically. And after following the directions once, I like to experiment with new twists. I have become the unofficial family birthday cake maker and I do take requests.
Who or what inspires you? Why?
As a young girl, I had a very close relationship with my grandmother, a woman who inspired by example, not simply with words. From her, I learned to treat all people as I want to be treated as well as what it means to be a strong yet compassionate woman.
What did you want to be growing up?
I recall childhood car rides, my Dad taking my brothers and me with him to visit construction sites. To his day, the smell of freshly poured concrete and new drywall takes me back to my youth. When I visited my father and grandfather’s office, I would play with the tiny metal cars, faceless plastic people and fuzzy trees used to complete their models. The smell of ammonia from the blueprint machine still lingers in my head. Now, as a 3rd generation principal of an architectural firm about to celebrate its 100th anniversary, I look back and understand how my career path was solidified a young child.
Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
The summer of my sophomore year in college, I had my first opportunity to work on an actual design project, not just a fantasy building, made up for a grade. It happened to be a nursing home. Months later, I went back to the completed, occupied building. Walking through the lobby, I overheard two women talking about how happy they were in their new home. I did not introduce myself. There was no need, but their words have stayed with me to this day as one of my most cherished and fulfilling professional moments.