What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When I first started my career at MSOE, I felt unsure of my future. I was contemplating leaving until the Senior VP took me for a walk. What he said to me would ultimately change my life.
“The way things look today is not the way things will look tomorrow.”
This quote really made an impact on me. It’s about patience and perseverance. I learned not to just give up because something is difficult or looks better elsewhere.
What’s your favorite part about living in Milwaukee?
I love to eat, and the restaurants in Milwaukee are second to none. We have a thriving restaurant scene, full of variety, different ethnicities, and fantastic service and hospitality. I also love our arts and sports communities. We have such strong support and passion on both ends of the spectrum. There really is something for everybody.
What do you believe will be the biggest challenge facing the LGBT community this year?
I am afraid of losing what we’ve already accomplished. Those who don’t believe in equality and dignity have a vehement response to what we’ve accomplished thus far. Even though we’ve come a long way, I believe that we have to be vigilant and protective of the rights we’ve gained. It can change in the blink of an eye, and we don’t want to become complacent.
I’m also truly concerned that many voices remain unheard – race, gender, and the transgender community – we need to keep them at the forefront of our minds. It’s important that we remain open and noncritical no matter what.
What’s one interest or hobby you like doing in your free time?
Oh, it would have to be genealogy! I’m fascinated with understanding family roots and how certain qualities are hardwired through generations. Dispositions, beliefs, ideologies: what have we all inherited from each other? People have fought for equality and fairness, and it’s a trait I believe we inherit from each other with each new generation. When I traced my own family line, I found that many of them were abolitionists and concerned with the rights of all people. Human rights and dignity were important throughout the generations of my family.
What are you most hoping to accomplish this year?
I’d like to determine the “why” for our community members. Why help support the Foundation? Why help preserve the LGBT culture? Why does the Foundation exist? Why do we matter to the community? I’m really excited to start working, and I hope throughout the course of the year, people come to understand why, more than ever, the Cream City Foundation truly matters.