Leadership Palm Beach County Class Year: Always a class member, never a graduate…
Who encouraged you to apply for LPBC/How did you get involved in LPBC: Amy Botkin, Class of 2009, encouraged me to apply for the Office Administrator’s position in October of 2009. I was hired in December of 2009. I still owe her and her husband a lobster and steak dinner.
How has LPBC affected you: Working for LPBC has allowed me a chance to take a peek into the inner workings of so many different areas of Palm Beach County it has really opened my eyes into what a diverse and amazing place we live. Who knew we could provide dental care for tigers?
What is the best benefit that you have derived from your involvement with LPBC: For me this is twofold First, an opportunity to earn a living while giving back to the community I live in and second, a opportunity to be part of an organization that my father was a member of from the very beginning, a legacy of sorts. My father was a member of the first graduating class of LPBC, Class of 1985.
What you do for a living: Office Administrator – Leadership Palm Beach County. I try to make Leadership Palm Beach County the best experience it can be for all the alumni and participating Class members.
What you like best about your job: Watching pieces of the puzzle come together for the common good of all.
Your civic and community involvement: I continue to stay involved in and committed to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as this has personal meaning for my husband and I. We both have dear friends who have CF and have aged beyond the normal life expectancy of an adult with CF. My friend, Marie received a double lung transplant on November 17th, 2010. It is my hope that CF Foundation can fund the research and development of new medications and therapies for this genetic disease so that Jeff and I can live into old age with Marie and Anthony.
Your family: When people ask me if I have children I say , “Yes, they have 4 legs and fur”. I’m one of those people. My husband and I were in NYC and career mined. Got the dog first to see if we could handle it and then the dog turned out to be such a handful (we named him Calvin after the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes because he was into everything) we opted out on the kid thing. 13 years later we are all the better for Calvin and now we have two amazing rescue dogs that we wouldn’t trade for the world. Oh yeah, and there’s my mom and dad and younger brother too.
City of birth: I’m a proud 2nd generation Palm Beach County Native, born in West Palm Beach.
Place of residence: Wellington, FL
First job: Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL. Started there as a part time holiday employee and 5 years later left as the full time store clerical and had experience working in every department.
How long have you lived in PBC: 32 years. I had a 10 year detour to NYC & Connecticut for marriage and career purposes.
Favorite way to spend time: Sleeping
Would not leave home without: Chapstick, Burt’s Beeswax to be exact.
Mentor: My Father. A self made man. He is continually educating himself on a varying array of subjects and is constantly in motion, looking for his next “project”. He has seen loss personally and professionally, yet supported his family and given back to the community that has seen him through. He has instilled in me the idea that a “community” is more than just the place where you reside; it is the place where you live.
Life motto: This life is a test. If this had been a real life you would have been instructed on where to go and what to do. This life is just a test.
Last vacation: Cape Cod, MA. The Greer family has a long history on the Cape and Jeff’s cousin has purchased a “family” house that we all converge on each year on September 10th to celebrate his mother’s birthday. It has become a meaningful event for many reasons over the past decade.
Most interesting place you have visited: Oldest cemetery in the Western World, Hampton, Bermuda
Favorite spot in Palm Beach County: My House
Favorite restaurant: Ships Inn, Nantucket Island, MA
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite TV show: The Big Bang Theory
Best decision: To marry my husband
Worst decision: So far…to lease that 1992 VW Jetta. It still sticks in my craw!!!
Toughest decision: To say goodbye to our best friend of 13 years, Calvin.
Goal yet to be achieved: Travel Europe