Professionally, I am the director of Allied Health Affiliations for Pulaski Technical College. I coordinate 7 health care degrees offered in partnerships with Baptist Health, St. Vincents, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I’m a follower of Jesus, trying to align my life to His global disciple-making purpose as His disciple. I’m the technical director for my church, which means running sound, producing a weekly podcast, and troubleshooting the infinite technical difficulties we have. Outside of work, I like to pass the time on my Mac and iPad, Kindle, or home theater. One of the best parts of my week is board game night with a group of guy friends. We play many strategic games, the favorites being Settlers of Catan, Eclipse, Terra Mystica, and Ticket to Ride. I never win but I enjoy the company and camaraderie. I’ve become something of a cooking and baking aficionado recently, loving to cook scratch meals and sweets when I have the time. I love baseball (GO RANGERS!) and hockey (GO STARS!) and going to see our local minor league baseball team, the Travelers. And certainly not the least just because I say it last, I have a beautiful, fun kitten named Naomi who is my joy and companion!
What’s life typically like for you?
Coffee. That’s first every morning. And I’m a snob. It has to be freshly ground and french pressed. Or a grande white mocha extra hot no whip from Starbucks. (I accept gift cards.) With a promotion in 2013, I have stopped teaching and am doing full time administration at work. Even wearing a jacket and tie! Stepping it up! It’s challenging and different every day! Tuesday nights I go to Bible Study at Compass, Wednesday night, I prep for Sunday worship venues, Thursday night is typically board game night. Sunday, I get up EARLY to pray with the pastor and prep for worship. And any time I’m not doing anything, I’m watching the Rangers or Stars. Along the way in all this, I’m growing to see God’s Kingdom purpose in my life.
What’s your favorite part of your week?
Coming home to Naomi! Love how she greets me at the door! Board game night is the best night of the week.
How did you get where you are today?
I moved out from home upon going to Ouachita and lived there for four years, then came up the interstate to grad school at UAMS in Little Rock. I moved into an apartment complex pretty much site unseen on a Saturday. Every thing was still in boxes on Sunday and I saw Parkway Place around the corner so I went; haven’t been anywhere else since. After graduating from UAMS, I struggled to find a job, but ended up with a fantastic one at the Arkansas State Crime Lab, working as a Forensic Chemist for the Illicit Labs section. I loved the work but the pay was not so great. I supplemented my income by adjunct teaching for Pulaski Tech. When the director position opened on my campus at Baptist Health, I was recommended the job, encouraged to apply, and got it! Since then, I was promoted and my role has greatly expanded to include ten sites and 7 degrees.
As you’ll see from many blog posts, God has been furiously at work in my life, increasing my faith and aligning my life to an obedience that He deserves for the grace He poured out. I’m still figuring it out and as I do, I invite my friends and family along so we can do what Matthew 28:18 commands together!
Where are you from?
Garland, TX (suburb of Dallas)
Who is in your family?
My mom, Ruby, and step-dad, Burt, both live in Searcy, AR. I have a sister and two brothers, each of whom have two kids each. They live in Searcy, Texas, and Kansas. I basically grew up as an only child, as they were grown and out of the house when I came along. So I got the best of both spoiling: the baby and the only child. And of course,who could forget my baby girl, Naomi?
Provide a short testimony of your relationship with Christ.
I more or less grew up in church but never really connected with it. The one I went to was more of a status/fashion show. But at 18, God captured me on Halloween at one of those Christian spins on haunted houses. I volunteered to help be a tour guide and ended up talking with a couple ladies who courageously led me to the Lord. I ended up going to OBU rather than UT (which was my initial choice). I ironically didn’t have much discipleship in the first few years of being a Christ-follower. When I moved to Little Rock and joined PPBC, that’s when God was able to really start a good work in me. It has been a challenging 11 years of pruning and working but the fruit is outstanding. After years of discipleship-less and nominal living, God revealed the true nature of His love for me and the purpose of His glory, filling my whole being with a dissatisfaction with the state of the church today and an urgency to bring about the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Galations 2:20-21 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
What was the best event you’ve ever been to?
Without a doubt or hesitation, Game 5 of the 2011 ALCS series where the Rangers won the right to go to the World Series. We didn’t win the big show that year, but man was it great to be there for that game’s celebration.
What is the best place you have ever visited?
I’ve been on a cruise to the Caribbean and I’ve taken a baseball park tour in the northeast that included Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore. That was pretty awesome. I’ve also been on an exploratory mission trip to South Asia. And I know with all certainty I will be going somewhere again.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
New Zealand or Australia, perhaps?
If you have a super power, what would it be and why?
Telekinesis – the ability to read thoughts and move things with my mind.
These are a few of my favorite things…
Food: Mexican; dessert
Sports: baseball (Texas Rangers), hockey (Dallas Stars)
Music: Knowing music’s powerful influence consciously and subconsciously, I try to stick with positive music by Christian artists
TV Shows: Arrow, Castle, Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Agents of SHIELD, So You Think You Can Dance, Restaurant: Impossible
Movies: Lord of the Rings, superhero movies, sci-fi movies
Hobbies: Technology, Macs, videography, cooking, baking
Dislikes: Being poked to get my attention; I’m also a bit of a germophobe.
Odd Fact: I am always likened to the character Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.