Photo Bomb: A 4 year-old me in the first of many ballet photos from my time at Joseph Wyatt’s Beaverton Dance Center.
What was your first job?
My first job…I volunteered a lot as a pre-teen and teenager, but my first paycheck came from teaching a once a week ballet class at Portland Parks & Recreation. I don’t really remember how I got the position, but I was a junior in high school and I remember walking around downtown Portland with my first paycheck of $17.96. I was looking for a bank with friendly looking accountants to open my first checking account and figured that going to the same bank my sister had would make it easier for her to send me money.
Do you have a career lesson from working at WAA worth sharing?
It’s never too early! There are so many things you can get a head start on even a year in advance. With the 2015 Vancouver Conference being my 2nd WAA Conference, and first as the Communications & Membership manager, there were so many things I wish had been done prior to the registration opening in May. So now, even though its only February, many of the things I’ll need for the 2016 conference like RFPs, eBlast schedules, deadlines are ready to go.
Can you think of something people may not know about you?
Wow, I can think of many things, but I’ll share that I have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and that I continue write poetry and non-fiction. Oh, and I'm slightly obsessed with canoli. I can't not order one if I see them on a menu.
What’s your go to karaoke song?
“No Scrubs” by TLC from the 1999 FanMail album, because I can sing it with my eyes closed while remembering the 4th grade talent show choreography.