Executive Director at the Arkansas Health Care Association
How did you get started in your industry?
Really, I was just looking for a part-time job in college. The more I learned about the association and about the services provided by our members across the state, the more I knew this could be a long term fit for me professionally. It’s easy for people to get a negative impression about my profession, but the positive work done by our members outshines that negativity any day of the week.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My 16-year old daughter, Emily. She is hands-down my greatest accomplishment; she’s smart, compassionate and has a great sense of humor.
How do you maintain a balance between your work and your personal life?
It’s always a struggle, because my family and friends are a priority in my life, but so is my work. I had to let go of perfectionism and do my best to be flexible. Emily’s often done homework at my office on the weekends, and I’ve done my share of calls and emails while on vacation. You just have to do the best you can.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Listen and ask questions, and never think you’re too good for something. Be diplomatic, remember to balance confidence with humility.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the people I work with and for, and that I get to work on policies and legislation that improves long-term care for our seniors.