Joined in 2015
What does the League mean to you?
I love being part of JLGNF! To me, the League is quite meaningful: it’s allowed me to become better connected to my local community, understand issues impacting the area, strengthen and refine existing areas of expertise, grow and develop new skills, receive and provide mentorship, and give back while being in the company of brilliant women who want to make a difference.
Who is your female role model and why?
Business woman Antónia Ferreira because without her, I might not be able to enjoy port, my favorite type of wine. More seriously, not only did she succeed in an industry and a country that required women to be subservient to men by law, but she’s credited as being responsible for saving Portugal’s wine industry in the 1800s. For added context, it wasn’t until 1976 that Portugal gave women the right to vote and the same legal rights as men.
What causes do you care about the most?
Outside of JLGNF, I’m passionate about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and advocating for adolescents and young adults affected by cancer, which stems from my own journey with cancer and survivorship.
Where do you go to get inspired?
My Apple Music app!. Whether I’m just listening to music or playing an instrument myself, it influences me on an emotional level. Music has been a huge part of my life.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Atlanta area?
Going to concerts and live performances. Atlanta has so many great concert venues!
Describe yourself in one word.
What’s on your bucket list?
Seeing the Spice Girls perform live in concert. Rumor has it that a big 2021 world tour is in the works…
What’s your favorite JLGNF memory thus far?
There are many good memories, but the one that sticks with me the most is the time I secured a prominent front-page story about JLGNF in the print version of the Johns Creek Herald.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
A few years ago, my best friend convinced me to run the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge with her at Walt Disney World. There was nothing goofy about the challenge, which consisted of a half marathon the first day followed by a full marathon the next day. Running a marathon wasn’t new to me, but running nearly 40 miles in two days certainly was. Before the race weekend began, I had fully convinced myself that there was no possible way I’d be able to finish the entire challenge. Spoiler alert: I successfully completed the entire thing. When I crossed the finish line on the final day, I was in such a state of disbelief that I immediately began sobbing uncontrollable tears of joy. Over our 20+ years of friendship, my BFF had never seen me cry and thought something was seriously wrong! All in all, I learned a very valuable lesson about self-doubt and still think about that moment when I’m faced with new challenges.