Fluvanna Faces

 

Where do you live?
In a tiny little house with a beautiful porch east of Palmyra, re-built with the help of many friends.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We first moved here in 1989. Technically, it was the housing prices in Charlottesville that brought us out to Fluvanna. But more generally speaking, it was my bicycle. I fell in love with the gentle beauty of Virginia while riding through on a bike trip and decided to find a way to come back to live here.

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Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I was born and raised in Charlottesville and moved to Fluvanna in 2001. I always liked the area and I wanted to live in a more rural environment.
Tell us about your work.
I have worked at the University of Virginia for 19 years. For the last nine years I have been the Administrative Manager in the U.Va. Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the department and ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s a busy and sometimes demanding job, but I am fortunate to work with wonderful staff who make my job rewarding. I am very honored to just have received the 2013 Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award at U.Va.

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Where do you live?
Fluvanna County, born and raised.
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Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
Fourteen years ago, my husband transferred from North Carolina. We made the move in order to be closer to family in Pennsylvania.
Tell me about your work.
I work in Fluvanna county government as clerk to the board of supervisors/administrative assistant. As such, I am responsible for any needs the supervisors may have.  In addition to finding and delivering whatever information they ask for, I put together the detailed packets they consult at their meetings.  I am present at all board of supervisors meetings, recording everything done and said in the form of meeting minutes. I also maintain the county web site, send out press releases, and serve as a notary of public.
Tell me about your family.
In June, my husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  Our daughter attends Ferrum College and our son is in the Virginia Air National Guard as an F22 crew chief.  We have a daughter-in-law and two wonderful grandchildren, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl.
Tell me about a hobby you have.
I love kayaking the Rivanna: it’s nice, peaceful, and slow. Another love is spending time with my grandchildren, so my favorite pleasures combine when my little grandson comes along on the river.  I can’t wait till the 1-year-old can join in.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
Becoming a grandmother was definitely a huge highlight of my life.  It’s the best thing ever. If I had known it was this great, I would have had the grandkids before the kids!
Describe one of the biggest surprises of your life.
Life itself is a big surprise.
Describe one of the tragedies/struggles of your life.
I am in the Virginia Air National Guard and have 21 years of service. Before I transferred I was in North Carolina stationed at the 145th airlift wing.  Last July, the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) unit had a plane crash in South Dakota while they were fighting fires. Four soldiers were killed.  I knew the flight engineer and also the loadmaster, who was injured. It was a terrible tragedy. They were a part of my military family and will be extremely missed by many.
Describe a dream you have for your future.
Someday I hope to go see Australia. On a more personal level, I am working towards living life day by day.
Describe a fear you have for your future.
Losing my children. It’s an unwritten rule: You go before your children.  Upsets to this natural order are among the most shattering of personal experiences.
Here’s your chance to sound off. If you could give one public service announcement/word of advice to the public at large, what would it be?
I’m pulling from a favorite Alabama song and a book by Richard Carlson: Life is short. Don’t sweat the small stuff – and it’s all small stuff.

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