McCallie School – Assistant Communications Director
“I like the attached photo because it shows off my love for fashion and style!”
Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far? This can be a person you know, or a public figure (dead or alive).
A: One of my professional mentors (and dear friends), Victoria Carlson, has been a creative inspiration to me since the day I met her. The sheer passion and joy she has for the work she has done with design strategy, creative direction, and team collaboration are contagious! She threads her God-given talents through everything she does: from her eclectic and trendy fashion sense, to her thoughtful gift-giving and DIY creations, she truly exudes style in everything she touches.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: I watched my dad battle multiple sclerosis growing up and saw the struggle it was for him just to get dressed and get out the door in the morning to provide for us, so I’m grateful for my perspective when it comes to the little things in life. I try to be thankful every day that I am healthy enough to have a great career and physically pursue any passion that I wish.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: Being creative isn’t always easy, because sometimes it feels personal. I’ve had to learn that just because a client or boss doesn’t like my work, doesn’t mean it’s bad work—it just doesn’t fit the bill for that need. I’ve learned to have thick skin and brush it off and embrace constructive criticism head-on, which I think has brought me a lot further in my career.
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: Says Who? The freedom to pursue what calls you, even if it’s in 15 different directions.
Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?
A: I’d like to see our increasing homeless population get more options to turn their life around.