Proud to call Laconia, New Hampshire my hometown and thrilled to see its revitalization taking place.
What’s your role at Mainstay?
As the learning and development lead at Mainstay, I partner with leadership to support the growth of my teammates by driving strategic development initiatives. In this, I continually grow our training offerings, align growth paths with development activities, and identify future development needs. Stewarding our culture through events and opportunities to engage current and new teammates is another fun way I get to support the team.
What professional events do you participate in, or what skills or accomplishments have you attained, that sets you apart?
Several years ago, I earned a Master’s in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and more recently, I completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Growth & Innovation at the University of New Hampshire. Through both of these programs, I’ve enjoyed studying topics like growth strategy, organizational change, and technology adoption.
In the community, I serve on the Board of Directors for Lakes Region Community Developers. As a board member, I act as Chair of the Investments Committee and contribute to the Race Equity, Diversity & Inclusion team. I’ve also been fortunate to contribute to the Board of Directors for Stay Work Play New Hampshire, an organization whose mission is “to attract and retain more young people in New Hampshire.”
In 2015, I participated in Leadership Lakes Region to develop a more holistic awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing this beautiful region of New Hampshire.
What was your first memory of using computers?
In the late ’90s, my parents brought home a Gateway 2000, which they set up on a small desk in our dining room. My twin brother and I could spend 15-minutes on it playing Minesweeper. A few years later, we learned to code in HTML and inherited an Acer laptop where we built small websites.
When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…
Spending time outdoors either in the mountains or by the lake with my dog, Seb. He’s a middle-aged Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees mix. Otherwise, you’ll find me reading, cooking, or researching local history.
What was the last great book you read?
With so much connectivity and our reliance on apps, information, and streaming content, I really enjoyed How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. An interesting perspective on how to truly do nothing and get the most out of it.
What would you do if you had an extra 5 hours every week?
With more time in the day, I’d spend more time with my family. We really enjoy cooking, so I’d probably spend more time baking or exploring recipes and sharing with friends.
If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be?
In 2018, my husband and I spent a few days in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, Italy learning to make handmade pasta and eating a ton of gelato. I’d really enjoy spending an entire month there taking more cooking classes, learning Italian, and living like a local. The few days we did spend there were so enjoyable, I’d want to do it all over again and for a longer stay.
What are you most frequently heard listening to?
Podcasts. My library of favorites has grown over the years, but I always go back to Lore, Minimalist, and Marketplace.