(part of a monthly series)

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

I don’t remember the year, but I first learned of Books for Keeps through the MLK Day of Service in Athens.

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

I have been consistently volunteering with Books for Keeps for five years.

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

I believe in the mission of Books for Keeps – to help curb the summer slide in reading.

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

I think my most memorable interaction was with a group of girls (I believe they were in second grade) at Barnett Shoals Elementary School in 2018. Even though in multiple classes, several of them asked for the same book and I just thought “oh, this must be a popular book.” It turns out that these young girls were forming a summer book club!! I thought that was one of the most awesome things ever☺

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

I currently work for Brightpaths (formerly Prevent Child Abuse Athens) which is a non-profit.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?

Many years of experience working with families in multiple ways.

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 favorite childhood memory as it relates to reading is participating in the summer reading programs at the library. I loved seeing my name move across the wall as the number of books/hours I read increased. I actually don’t remember if we got prizes at the end of the summer or not; seeing my name move was reward enough.

What is your absolute favorite book?

My answer to that question is usually “whatever I am reading now.” But I would have to say that my absolute favorite book is my own, Destination HBCU, because it introduces readers to college in general and Historically Black Colleges and Universities specifically.

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

It’s hard to say, but right now I would say it’s a tie between What You Owe Me by BeBe Moore Campbell and Michelle Obama’s Becoming