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The best advice I ever heard is … My father didn’t tell me this piece of advice, but he showed me with his actions: Give freely to others. Whether it’s a kind word, a smile or an item. You never know how a little positivity can make someone’s day.

My three most recommended books are … The Bible; In the Presence of My Enemies, by Gracia Burnham; Real Moments, by Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D.

To me, success means … doing something that makes you happy and that makes others around you have a better day.

People who know me might be surprised that I … used to be in Sweet Adelines (Palo Duro Metro Chorus).

My biggest pet peeve is … negativity. Life is short! It’s easy to find a little bit of good in everything or everyone.

Everyone in Amarillo needs to experience … serving on a board or committee, or taking a community class that gives you insight into the inner workings of our city.

If I could change any one local thing it would be … boundaries. Wouldn’t it be great if our neighborhoods just blended into each other instead of being distinctly separated?

This city is amazing at … GIVING! Being involved in several nonprofits, I am so thankful for the generosity of our residents.

My favorite place in Amarillo is … home (it’s where the heart is).

A local organization I love right now … Los Barrios de Amarillo. Los Barrios strives to help middle and high school students in the Texas Panhandle obtain a college degree or certification after graduation. What I love best is the relationships I make with each student through mentorship. Excitement and pride overwhelms me when they graduate. They are well on their way to making our communities stronger.