Number of years in position: 30+
Family: Husband, Richard A. Garniewicz; no children
Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: I am passionate about life. I enjoy meeting and working with people and volunteering in various activities in Columbia County. I have been volunteering here as long as I can remember living in the Columbia County area.
Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: I am currently a member of the Columbia County Economic Development Authority, an auxiliary with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, past chairwoman of the Columbia County Planning Commission and a Columbia County Growth Management Plan 2035 member. I have assisted in various county and statewide elections, and my general involvement is for the betterment of Columbia County – my county and my home.
Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: Leaving the Boston area, where I was raised, and moving to Columbia County 30 years ago. This involved giving up my comfort zone with family and friends to move to a new area for my husband’s job at SRP. I had to grow up in a completely new environment with a new culture, which soon became second nature to me, and stop feeling sorry for myself for being relocated. This was our most maturing experience.
Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: My 48 years of marriage to my husband, and the various life experiences that we have faced and survived together
Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: Enjoying friends, entertaining at our house and sharing various experiences with those that we love
Favorite TV Shows: “NCIS,” “Scandal” and “House of Cards”
Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves (previous years), but we were Augusta Lynx season ticket holders for 11 years.
Favorite Comfort Food: Anything chocolate (or on a cruise)
Favorite App: Fox News Station
Last Book Read: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Dream Vacation: Lately we have been cruising, but I also enjoy the U.S. National Parks.
Something That Has Changed My Life: My mother’s diagnosis of Lewy body dementia and her eventual death to this disease
Best Thing I Ever Learned: Never love anything that cannot love you back!
Favorite Hobbies: Shopping, gardening and enjoying my yard, cooking and sharing with friends
Secret Aspiration: To write a book. I need to get going on this!
Reality Show I Would Totally Win: If they had a reality show on “NCIS” trivia, I would win!
Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, although I talk like a Bostonian. I am a first-generation American, and I’m very proud of it. My mother was Canadian, and my father was from Scotland.