Where are you from?
I was originally born in Tarnów, Poland and came to the states at the age of 11. At the time, “visa lotteries” were being offered that would allow us to emigrate to the states legally. My grandmother entered our names, and my father’s name was picked, allowing the entire family to come.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I took a sewing class and was quite good at it. I have an endless supply of pillowcases!
What would Spotify say is your most-played track?
“God Bless America” by Lana Del Rey.
What is something you collect?
When I came to the states, I didn’t speak any English and even though I had a tutor who was a nun, I spent all my free time reading. As a result, I have a very personal relationship with books and my apartment is filled with them.
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
This year I set a goal for myself to pass the NCIDQ certification. I studied diligently for six months even though it was challenging to get back into the study mode. This April, I passed all three tests.
Any other interesting fact about you?
I recently went on a volunteer build mission in Nepal with 17 strangers. Together in the village of Trishuli, we helped build two homes for families that were affected by the April 2015 earthquake. It was a life-changing and eye-opening experience that I will cherish forever.