When did you first start supporting United Way?
My first year at Deloitte (was called Deloitte Haskins & Sells in the 1980’s). I spent my entire career working for Deloitte – kind of a rare thing these days. During career I traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. I have lots of great memories of the people and places I have been.
What was your first job?
Accounts Payable clerk
What was your most memorable volunteering experience?
I volunteered at a swimming program for blind children – basically we were partnered up one-to-one with a child (8 – 12 years old) and helped them learn to swim. I was and still am blown away by kids willing and eager to jump off a diving board into the water below, and the only direction they had was to listen for my voice and jump towards me into the water below – such amazing courage and trust.
What is your favorite pastime / hobby?
My dogs – Ivan and Lene
What has been the most surprising part of retirement?
Most surprising part was/is just how easy it is to fill your day with projects.
What book have you read more than once? Who is your favorite author?
Not sure, but I just read a fascinating book “The Far Side of The Sky” by Daniel Kala. Its about the Jewish community in Shanghai, China who had fled Germany during the second world war – an incredible insight into a community I hadn’t known existed.
What is your favorite quote or the mantra you live by?
There’s no time like the present.
What was your favorite toy growing up?
Bicycle and hammer – sometimes used together.