Community Events Manager for Columbia County Community & Leisure Services Division
Length of time in position: 11 months
Family: Husband CJ; three children, Kathleen, 9; Fleming, 5; Caroline, 4
Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: My three favorite things are creating, entertaining and community service. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been involved in performance, public speaking and volunteering. God created me with a servant’s heart. I’ve always known that my calling was in the field of public relations, marketing and community service. I’ve been involved in this profession for 11 years by juggling my own marketing, advertising and event planning business; creating business and marketing plans for clients; planning and producing special events; and serving on numerous community/nonprofit boards. I didn’t think it was possible to combine all of my passions to fit into one job description. I am able to fulfill my passions by creating events that serve all citizens and nonprofit organizations in our community, and ultimately bring our community together through entertainment. Entertainment bonds people together, resulting in stronger communities while enhancing the quality of life for all.
Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: My heart belongs to the United Way of the CSRA and serving all of its partner agencies. The organization is known as my “nonprofit family.” I’ve served as their spokeswoman, volunteer, loaned professional and board member for many years, and I was honored to be asked to be a part of this year’s Columbia County employee campaign team. I also support the University Health Care Foundation board and Young Philanthropist and Community board, Augusta University’s Alumni Association, Historic Augusta, Augusta Children’s Chorale and the Artists’ Guild of Columbia County. I also host and produce Trinity Hospital’s Pink Promise fashion shows benefiting its breast health center, and I love directing and serving as emcee for several leadership and scholarship pageants.
Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: Being a fulltime mother and a fulltime employee. Life demands so much – individually as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and employee – and collectively managing them all requires a strong support structure. I alone am not responsible for overcoming this obstacle. All the credit goes to my parents, in-laws, family and friends for helping care for my children. I tend to go “all in” in everything I do, and without their constant support and care for my children, it wouldn’t be possible.
Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Starting my own public relations, marketing and advertising firm, and utilizing all of the knowledge I gained through that to see the business relationships that I made along the way come full circle in my current position. I learn and produce by doing. I’ve always operated on the concept that if there is a bigger, better way to do things, find it and do it. I’m so proud to be a part of a strong county government that shares the same value in growth, expansion and cultivating a culture of pride in the members of the community and their employees. I’m privileged to work with an incredible team each and every day and thankful for leaders that support and encourage our efforts.
Favorite Way to Spend a Saturday: Getting up early before my little ones are awake, enjoying a cup of coffee and getting lost in the latest issue of Southern Lady magazine.
Favorite TV Show: My personal favorite is “America’s Civil War.” But at this stage in my life, if the television is on and I’m watching, it’s more than likely on the Disney Channel, Sprout or Nick Jr. Then my favorite is “Good Luck Charlie” on the Disney Channel.
Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins
Favorite Sports Team: University of Georgia Bulldogs
Favorite Comfort Food: Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses
Favorite App: Definitely The Weather Channel – the outdoor events planner’s best friend!
Last Book Read: It wasn’t a full book, but my treasured daily devotional book is Jesus Calling by Sara Young. Each and every morning, I spend at least 20 minutes of personal devotion time with this book and my prayer journal. I can’t start my day without it.
Dream Vacation: A Disney cruise with my entire family. I was 29 the very first time I ever went to Disney World, and I witnessed why it is the most magical place in the world. Everything is bright, full of energy and happy – you can’t help but let go and enjoy. With our family’s love of the beach and open seas, I would like for all of us to be together and enjoy the trip as a thank you for all they do for me.
Something That Has Changed My Life: Undergoing back surgery and recovery. At the time I was running my business and had a 6-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old. It was also two weeks before Christmas. Physical pain has never stopped me before but this time, I couldn’t do anything but stop, be still and know that God was calling me to a deeper faith and trust in Him for His strength. It was through this very difficult and painful process that I gained so much. I was forced to let go and let God show me how “He alone can turn all things into good for those who love Him…” (Romans 8:28)
Best Thing I Ever Learned: You have 30 seconds to make a first impression. Always look your best, do your best, be your best. You never know whose life you may touch along the way.
Favorite Hobbies: Interior decorating, gardening, painting, playing golf, traveling and visiting historical sites and museums
Secret Aspiration: To manage the community events department of Columbia County and raise the bar to expand our reach on the different types of events we bring to our venues. I want to continue to cultivate the relationships of our business partners and development authority to market our county nationwide.
Reality Show I Would Totally Win: “Dancing with the Stars,” especially The Shag showcase!
Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: People would be surprised to know that I am a Civil War history guru. I love to watch documentaries and biographies as well as research battles fought and the generals that led them. Since I was a child, I have been visiting battlefields and museums and still do every chance I get.
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