(part of a new monthly series)

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

Through a book drive at First American Bank & Trust

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

Beyond donating books, I have been serving Books for Keeps since August. 

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

I grew up loving to read, and trips to the library throughout the summer were always a highlight.  Providing access to books to kids in  my community for that oh so sweet summer-reading that can also enrich their lives, and have positive long-term effects, like graduating high school, excites me.  Making an impact with the potential for long-term positive results for the children in our community, yes please.

Have you had an inspiring/memorable interaction with a student since working with Books for Keeps? Tell us about it!

When I volunteered at this year’s book sale, my first, a whole family came in with their bags from book distribution day at their school last year.  These kids ranged in age from 4-13, and they were truly excited to re-fill their bags.  It was such a visible positive effect of the program.  Honestly, it hit me right in the feels. 

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

Yes, the United Way of Northeast Georgia, Java Joy, and  I serve as head of our Community Involvement Committee at First American.  This role gives me the opportunity to learn about and interact with many local non-profits.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?  

Mostly upper body, kidding.  I’m bringing marketing experience and a whole load of passion for making a difference in our community.  A difference with long-term effects for improving the day to day lives of the people who live here.

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 have wonderful memories of my dad reading Stuart Little to me.  We still talk about Stuart, and he is still on my bookshelf.

What is your absolute favorite book? 

That is an impossible question to answer…I think To Kill a Mockingbird comes the closest to being the total package.

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

It might take me the rest of my life to decide that…