(part of a new monthly series)

How did you first hear or learn about Books for Keeps?

My employer, Wells Fargo. Our office volunteers each year at book distribution.

How long have you been volunteering or serving with Books for Keeps?

I have been on the board since January 2019.

Why did you choose to serve on the Books for Keeps’ board?

This organization has such a worthwhile mission and accomplishes it in such a fun way. I definitely wanted to be a part of it.

Have you had an inspiring/memorable interaction with a student since working with Books for Keeps? (This can be a direct interaction or something you observed.) If so, tell us about it.

This was my first book distribution season, and I already can’t wait for next year. I absolutely loved the students’ pure joy and excitement. It’s endearing to see kids dragging their bags while they’re still picking out even more books.

Have you worked with other non-profits in the past? Which ones?

We are fairly new to the area, but my husband and I support various groups particularly through Franklin College at UGA. We moved from IL, and there I was heavily involved in Rotary, the hospital foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and Western Illinois University.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?

I have a lot of experience volunteering and being an active board member with a variety of groups. Also, I bring a different perspective being relatively new to the area.

Do you have a keen childhood memory related to a particular book? Or an experience with reading – to yourself or to a loved one?

I’m the youngest of 5, so I had several family members that would read to me and I was fortunate to have so many books at home. I had so many Little Golden Books that I often pretended that I owned a bookstore.

What is your absolute favorite book?

My favorite book is always the last book I read….We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

What would you read if you could only read one book for the rest of your life?

Every time I’ve thought about how to respond to this question, I think of a different book because my reading taste can widely vary. I’ve thought about books from grade school like Judy Blume’s Superfudge. I’ve thought about the Bible, Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld, or one of my WWII books. All that’s to say that I’m really glad I don’t have to pick just one book, and that I’m looking forward to picking out an assortment of books at the upcoming BFK Book Sale!