(part of a monthly series)

How did you first learn about Books for Keeps?

I learned about BFK through the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

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

I have been on the Board through the Terry Board Fellows program since October of 2020.

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

I have always had a passion for reading that started at a very young age. I believe that it is important to increase access to books and encourage a child to read. Books are where the world begins to open.

Have you had an inspiring/memorable interaction with a student since working with Books for Keeps?

Even though it may look a little different from the past, it has been exciting to see the photos and videos of kids receiving their books this Spring and reading with their classmates.

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

I have worked with several nonprofits over the years. They have all generally had a mission rooted in education/helping students succeed. For example, the Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation in Denver, CO was dedicated to providing wrap-around services to students.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?

In addition to a genuine desire to see the organization succeed and serve as many students in the Athens and greater Athens area, I have experience with supporting organizations’ communications plans and social media.

What is your favorite memory from working with Books for Keeps?

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in the warehouse a few times this Spring to pack books and work with other volunteers. Just seeing the variety and volume of books makes my inner nerd smile.

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

My most memorable moment as a child was receiving the Addy American Girl doll and box set of books that told her story for Christmas. I would read them with the doll in my arm.

What is your absolute favorite book?

I have so many, but the one that pushed my book love to another level is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. It has a special place on my bookshelf.

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

If I could only read one book it would probably be The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, or a similar collection of short stories.