1. How long have you lived in this community?
I’ve lived in Southeast Missouri for all of my life. I grew up in Fredericktown, MO and moved to the Cape Girardeau area to attend Southeast Missouri State University. I now reside in Jackson, where I have continued to build relationships within the community through work and volunteerism.
2. What is your occupation?
I am a personal banker at U.S. Bank at the Southeast Missouri State University campus location.
3. What are you passionate about?
Children. I think there is nothing better than making sure our next generation succeeds. It is so important that we be visible and be the greatest role models that we can be. It is a huge responsibility to make sure that each new generation we bring into this world can work together and lead us into a better tomorrow.
4. What are your hobbies?
In my spare time, I spend a lot of time with my animals. I also enjoy being around my family. I help tutor my youngest brother with his math and find myself proofreading quite a few English papers for my other brother. Not only is it rewarding, but it’s a way to watch our relationships grow.
5. What do you love most about this community?
I love how tight-knit the community is. Coming from a smaller town within Southeast Missouri, I like that Cape Girardeau gives me some of the benefits of a larger city, while still giving me a sense of community while I’m out and about.
6. How long have you been a United Way donor?
This is my second year donating to United Way.
7. Why do you choose to support your community through United Way?
A big influence for me was the fact that my donations stay within our community. We have needs throughout the area and United Way really helps fulfill those needs. I also love that United Way gives me the option to select how my donation is used. With that option, I can really see how the organization benefits the causes I am passionate about.