How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?
I have lived in Hernando County for six years, first in Spring Hill and currently in Brooksville. I spent 19 years in South Florida and grew up in Palatka and went to Stetson University in DeLand. I am Florida-born and have no interest ever living anywhere else — why would I?
Who are the members of your family?
My partner, Lisa; my father; two sisters and their spouses; two nephews and a niece and their partners. I have four adopted cats and a dog, Wolfie, from the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.
Tell us about your career.
I currently work as a corporate trainer and coach for Talk Fusion, a global video e-mail company based out of Brandon. It is a global direct-selling company.
My expertise lies in business development, out-of-the-box thinking and tactical and strategic planning and implementation. I was Deming-trained in Florida Power & Light, helping them win the Deming Award for total quality management. I also worked in the public sector for Palm Beach County's clerk of circuit court. I've spent the last 10 years as a licensed financial representative for Primerica Financial Services, a member of Citigroup, and worked in real estate.
Within the last five years, I have worked as a business and life coach and as a public speaker helping individuals and businesses accomplish their goals.
What kinds of activities are you involved in now?
Well, due to my 7 a.m.-to-7 p.m. drive and work schedule, I've had to cut back my community efforts to only two very important areas: Hernando Youth Initiative/Summit for Youth and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Tell me more about those two things.
Hernando Youth Initiative is a subset of the Chamber of Commerce's education committee. We work to improve Hernando County's graduation rate by addressing the dropout rate and some of the issues that cause kids to drop out, such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence.
Relay for Life is a theme-based, fun-filled, 18-hour event to raise money to find a definitive cure for cancer. It honors those who have fought and won the battle with cancer, our survivors and their caregivers … and remembers those we have lost to cancer. I lost my mom to cancer in 2004 and have been involved in Spring Hill's relay each year since then. This year, the event will be April 17 and 18 at Nature Coast Technical High School, starting at 6 p.m. I'll be in the Scooby-Doo tent.
Do you have any special hobbies?
I love to do many things, but primarily play tennis, listen to music, read, learn, watch Netflix movies and enjoy just about all outdoor activities and sports. My primary hobby is making great things happen. I spend a great deal of time working on that, which is why I do not have a great deal of time to do some of the other things. Any other spare time, I blog and work on my Web site — www.theabundanceadvantage.com — to inspire others.
What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?
I love Hernando — it's a nice mix of water (Hernando Beach), residential (Spring Hill), the historical and quaint (Brooksville) and room for growth (Ridge Manor). We are poised with the Airport Industrial Park, low housing costs and a great community for truly positive growth as the economy turns around.
With my extended schedule, resting and relaxing with my family is really my favorite thing to do. I enjoy going to the Market on Main Street, visiting Beasley's Farm weekly, the Bandshell Bash when I can, kayaking down the Weeki Wachee River, golfing at Sherman Hills or just admiring the rolling hills in Brooksville.
What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?
First, a teen center/family resource center that would help individuals gain the knowledge and information on how to be more successful in all areas of their lives and have positive fun. It would help to link the business and social services communities and develop a workable network of parties interested in positive growth and improving critical factors without the community.
Second, a better-educated and flexible work force. (More clear options about available paths.) And third, more people committed and involved in our community where proven needs exist.
We are always looking for interested volunteers for our Summit for Youth committees. I can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (352) 277-3322.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
I play the piano and the guitar, and I am learning the violin — a most recent Christmas gift. Music is one of my great passions. My mother had a great influence on me in that regard, as well as many others. I still miss her terribly. I also love to write.
Hernando Neighbors is an occasional feature of the Hernando Times. Do you know someone who would make a good profile? We'd like to hear from you. Contact Jean Hayes, community news coordinator, at email@example.com or (352) 848-1438.