What is your connection to the UW Carbone Cancer Center?
I have had several friends and family members diagnosed with cancer, so it is an issue that I care about deeply. My mother passed away nine years ago from lung cancer. After her death, I really started becoming interested in cancer fundraising, and increasing support at a local level for the research happening right here in Madison. A friend of mine was also treated at Carbone last year for glioblastoma, and had so many kind and wonderful things to say about everyone that she interacted with at the Cancer Center. Although new to the ELB, I have already learned so much about the staff and facilities at Carbone and the groundbreaking research taking place there, together with a commitment to compassionate patient care. With everything I learn, my determination to support this cause grows.
What is your favorite ELB / UWCCC event?
I love the Andy North trivia night event, and have attended it every year. I am a pop culture and history nerd and a big trivia fan, so it’s always a fun night for me. It’s great to get a team together with friends and let loose my competitive spirit. My strengths are song lyrics, movies pre-2005 or so, and United States history and politics.
What is something interesting about you?
When I was a child, my dad would record “the Joy of Painting” every week, and he and I would set up easels in our living room and paint mountain landscapes with happy little trees together with Bob Ross on the television. I’ve gotten rid of all of mine, but I kept a few that my dad painted. They are beyond cheesy, but a great conversation piece.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My family travels up north to Hayward/Cable, Wisconsin for a week every summer. It is a big extended family group, with upwards of 30 family members vacationing together every year. Each family has their own cabin, and we rotate dinner at a different family cabin every night. The location is beautiful – right on Lake Namakagon, which is a big clear lake with great water activities. My sons love to fish and go canoeing, and I enjoy cruising around the lake in the pontoon watching for loons. I love the tradition of returning to the same place every year, and giving my boys strong childhood memories of a place that is so special to me. They have a great time playing with all their cousins too, and I enjoy catching up with family members that live all across the country.
Everyone has a guilty pleasure. What is yours?
I’m obsessed with houses, especially old ones, and can’t stop reading real estate listings. Even though we have lived in the same house for seven years and have no real intention to move, I rarely go a week without checking what houses are in the market in our neighborhood. If I see a “for sale” sign in a yard, I’m probably on a computer looking up the house within the hour. I blame my parents for this – I watched too much This Old House when I was a child. Now I love to look at photos of houses and imagine how I would renovate them. It is my dream to buy an old and neglected house and fix it up. Someday…