What you like best about what you do: I like that my position provides exciting opportunities and new challenges that keep me constantly engaged. With each study, my position allows me to keep learning and growing. This may mean I get to learn new instrumentation, perform new methods, or even further develop my leadership and communication skills.
Through my work I have also been fortunate to meet wonderful people throughout the country and throughout the world who all share the same love for our industry.
What you like best about working or living in the community: I enjoy living and working in Decatur because it has been my home for almost 30 years and has provided me with many great experiences.
I received a good education from Decatur Public Schools and participated in the excellent extra-curricular activities provided by the school system and the Decatur Park District, such as sports, dance and theater programs. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, I returned to Decatur where I was fortunate to obtain a job in my field with EPL Bio Analytical Services where I have worked for eight years.
As an adult, Decatur has continued to allow me to participate in things I enjoy, most recently as a cast member in the Theatre 7 production, "A Christmas Chaos." Decatur also has great running programs, many volunteer opportunities, and a great faith community.
In addition, Decatur has amazing people whom I have gotten to know while growing up in the community. My parents still live in Decatur, I met my husband while playing pool with APA and I have made many cherished friends who still call Decatur home. I also truly appreciate the community members who work to revitalize the city and its culture as I think this town has much to offer. I am excited to experience all Decatur will become in the future as I start and raise my own family here.
What should the community be doing to attract more young people to live and work in the Decatur area? The community should be attracting business with jobs in fast growing fields such as IT, science and engineering. I also think providing more activities for the 20 and 30-somethings would help young people appreciate the town they live and work in.