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MANAGING A COMMUNITY

How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?

I moved to the Candlelight area of Brooksville in December 2003 from Charlotte, N.C. I grew up in Pompano Beach.

Who are the members of your family?

My daughter, April, is married to Paul Fisher, and they live in Nashville, Tenn. I have three sisters - Angie, Joan and Barbara - and two brothers - Ricky and Ronny.

Tell us about your career.

I've been pursuing a career in community association management for the past three years, but I've been in customer service fields since 1983 and have been teaching myself computer programs like Access and FoxPro for necessity.

What kinds of activities are you involved in now?

I recently took over the duties of payable/office manager for the Brookridge community. I have my community manager license and am currently taking a class on community association management, which must be updated annually.

About seven years ago, I was living and working in Charlotte when my mother, who was living here, got ill and needed for me to come and be her caregiver. When my mother passed away in August 2006, I decided to stay. When I started at Brookridge, I found myself working with mostly seniors and feeling good about helping the people here.

Before getting the job, I pursued the CAM license and passed my state test with the intent of becoming a manager here or someplace like Brookridge. Now that I have it, one of the first things I hope to do as manager is help bring government services to our residents by offering office space to those services when needed. We could offer our offices with phone, fax and computers on site to better serve Brookridge residents. We are also working on our community emergency response team training and facility setup. My goal is to see Brookridge recognized next year for its work in this area.

Do you have any special hobbies?

To stay heathy, I like to walk. A shoulder injury has kept me from playing my favorite game - golf - but I hope to play again someday.

I also like to dabble in genealogy, researching my family tree. I enjoy making movies from family photos, and I'm often asked to fix the computers of family members.

What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?

Heading to the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival is a yearly must for me!

What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?

I would love to see a minor league baseball team here.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

In April, my daughter was married, and I turned 50.

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 jhayes@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1438.

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