(part of a new monthly series)

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

I first learned about Books for Keeps through the Annual Book Sale. I have a voracious appetite for books (I think our collection is up in the 5 figure range now), and the sale always has a great selection. I learned more about the organization and the mission through some of the tech companies I’ve worked with in Athens (namely Seller Labs and BookScouter, via Brandon and Dustin Checketts), and I felt motivated to get more involved.

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

I’ve been serving on the Board of BFK since January (of 2018), and have had the opportunity to volunteer at some book distributions and the book sale. It’s a great experience, especially book distributions – watching the kids get pumped about picking out books is tons of fun.

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

As I mentioned, I love reading – my dad was a teacher, and literacy of all kinds has always been a passion of mine. Working with an organization like BFK is an opportunity to advance that passion. A love of reading translates to a love of learning, which I think is a key ingredient in enjoying life and being successful.

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

I’ve also been involved in improving technical literacy and helping develop technology skills through Four Athens. Through teaching technology and coding classes, as well as a stint as Executive Director, I worked in the community to help tech-focused startups get off the ground, and helped develop a workforce that could support those startups.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?  

One of the strengths I’m hoping to bring to BFK is business and technology development. I’d like to see how I can help BFK grow to reach other communities in GA, and how we might be able to use technology to that.

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 had an atlas from Rand McNally when I was growing up that was my absolute go-to book. Between that and my Funk and Wagnalls Science Encyclopedia set, I don’t think I read much fiction until I got into high school.

What is your absolute favorite book? 

I don’t know that I have an absolute favorite book. Every book I read gives me something different, whether it’s knowledge, emotional meaning, escapism – I don’t think I’d be able to choose.

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

This seems like the cruelest torture imaginable. I’ve tried to think of every conceivable scenario and what it would be (in keeping in the spirit of the question), but I think if this decision were ever forced upon me, it would end up being an impulse decision from whatever set of books I had near by.