For our new board members’ first assignment, they were tasked with interviewing each other. Read on to find out everything from their ideal dinner dates to where they would live other than the frozen tundra of Minnesota!
Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
What has been your proudest moment to date?
Other than graduating with my Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School, I'd say I felt the proudest when I was working as a Kindergarten-Focused Literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps. As a tutor, I worked with to help students learn to read and was able to "graduate" a total of 42 students out of the program over the course of one school year. It was such rewarding work.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world (other than Minnesota)?
I studied abroad in Northern Ireland during my senior year of undergrad. It was absolutely amazing. If I could live anywhere in the world, that is where I'd be.
If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?
I'll have to say Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It would be amazing to just sit down with him and chat about space, stars, galaxies, the movie Interstellar, general relativity, quantum mechanics, and other things that I pretend to understand. I'm convinced that Neil and I would get along really well, and the dinner would be the start to a lifelong friendship.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Without question, Osimo, Italy. It is a quiet, yet lively small town right on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Osimo is quite possibly one of the most amazing places I've ever been. Between the beautiful weather, breathtaking views, all the nice people, and delicious food (and gelato), I would love to go back there in a heartbeat.
How long would you survive in a Zombie Apocalypse?
As long as it takes. Between watching The Walking Dead, and other zombie TV shows and movies, I feel pretty confident about my ability to not only survive, but thrive in a world dominated by zombies. Hopefully, this theory of mine will never be tested, but if that day ever comes, I'll be ready.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Hmmm, well, it is hard to pick just one. But, I suppose I would say All-You-Can-Eat-Sushi.
If time travel were possible, where would you go and why?
I would probably check out Ancient Greece. Their culture has had such a profound impact on the modern world, it would be interesting to go back and see it in action.
When is your next vacation (and have you begun the countdown for it)?
Either Hawaii in April to visit a friend who moved there or a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in May (which I am doing for sure, but Hawaii may or may not happen). I have not begun the countdown, too busy with the new house!
Who has been an inspiration to you in your personal or professional life (either someone you know or don't)?
This year was a big year for me - I made some pretty major changes in my life and there was a quote I stumbled upon from American runner and Olympian Steve Prefontaine that helped me keep moving forward. His quote essentially became a new personal mantra as well as a reminder for why I was making change happen: "Don't be afraid to give up the good and go for the great."
What is one of your goals for your future?
I really enjoy taking pictures and I got a new lens for my birthday this year, so one of my goals is to become a more skilled photographer.
Where is the best place you have ever eaten?
Oh, this is a tough one but I think I've got to say it's a tie between two places I ate at when my husband and I stayed in Vegas: Gordon Ramsey's Pub & Grill and Bobby Flay's restaurant, Mesa. Both places had an awesome atmosphere and good eats. I'd recommend either of those places if folks were heading there anytime soon.
Who would you want to trade places with for one day?
I would trade places with Amy Poehler. I’m obsessed with everything she does! This past year I dressed up as one of her SNL characters – Kaitlin…no one knew who I was, but I like to think I would’ve made Amy proud!
When did you first feel like a real adult?
Off the top of my head, I think it's the first time I paid a water and energy bill...saying goodbye to a chunk of my paycheck on such boring things was one moment I distinctly remember hating adulthood a little bit.
How do you spend your free time - when you have it?
I try to not just spend my time on Netflix (which is difficult now that Friends is on it!), so I also love doing yoga, trying out new beer and going to breweries and tap rooms, and going to trivia.
If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be and why?
If I could be any age for a week, I would be 25 so I could go back to registration week of graduate school and sign up for some more economics courses (very useful stuff!)
What is the most courageous things you've ever done?
One of the most courageous things I've done is spoken the truth about a lack of accountability to higher-ups within an organization.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower, it would be the ability to give off light. That way I could see clearly even through dark times.
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