"I've always had a passion for helping others, in any way I could. After losing my dad at the age of 17, I put a lot of my focus in school and doing what I could to make him proud. I was balancing my studies while also being a caretaker for my grandma.
"My husband and I raised our four sons in Pomonok. I worked in Healthcare for over 15 years, but when COVID happened, I left my job to stay home with my sons and help them with school. Thankfully, the Pomonok Community Center has always been there to provide support for our family,
"I grew up in Forest Hills, New York. Upon graduating college, I developed social anxiety and sought solace at Toastmasters, a non-profit organization focused on improving members' communication skills.
“This September will be my third year doing the charity ride for Children's Cancer Research Fund. I started doing this ride because I have always tried to find ways to give back. Since I am not wealthy, I give back using what I have.
"I currently volunteer for QCH’s Friendly Visiting program. As happy as I am to be able to help them, volunteering with the program has also helped me a lot, teaching me to have more patience, empathy, and understanding with people, especially older adults.
"I've been at QCH for almost three years and I've gotten to work on some great government proposals. My typical day involves working with our Chief Strategy Officer (Dennis) and our Associate Executive Directors (Mary, Ivonne, and Robin).