Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, Kansas.
What is your occupation?
Vice President in banking.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
There are so many baking Christmas cookies with my grandmother; listening to my mother sing spirituals during altar call at church; traveling to Las Vegas to visit my relatives.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It is an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge individuals the contributions of who have made a meaningful impact and paved a path for others coming behind them.
What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
Education and employment.
When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
The realities of racial differences became evident when I entered the job market and found myself having to educate others and dispel misconceptions and biased views.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
The next generation.
How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
My support and contributions have primarily been through job mentoring; support of minority businesses; involvement in church, civic, and community service-oriented organizations.