2016-2017 Regional President
College/Chapter: Illinois Central College/ Upsilon Mu
Career Goal: I’m planning on pursuing a career in the healthcare field. One day I want to own and operate my own foundation “The Lovins Center” which will provide resources and professional services to families struggling with domestic violence, addiction and/or disabilities. I’ve been through so much in life and I know in my heart that I’ve made it through in order to take what I have learned and bless others with the help to overcome their unique situations.
Five Fast Facts:
- I have 3 beautiful daughters age 8, 6 and 5. They are my world! My middle daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD so every day is unique and I’m constantly learning new things.
- I have a twin brother.
- At age 9 my father fell 68 feet while working as an iron worker which yielded him a C-2 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator. My mother didn’t cope very well and I lost her to an overdose at the age of 17. Hence, my passion in wanting to pursue a career to help others in similar situations.
- I started singing before I could walk (so my parents use to say) and really love to do so. I am one of the lead vocalists on my church’s worship band.
- I have arthritis in my right ankle from breaking my tibia bone completely in half when I was 14.
My Phi Theta Kappa Story:
My PTK story starts with the invitation that I received to join. I attended an orientation and the ball just started rolling from there. I was inducted in October 2014. I was really encouraged to become more engaged when I shared my story with a past advisor. He thought it was great all that I had achieved academically considering all the responsibilities I have and none the less that I did not complete high school. He informed me of all the doors PTK could offer and I hit the ground running. I applied for one of the three scholarships that Upsilon Mu was providing for new members to attend The International Leadership Convention 2015 and was chosen for one of the spots. Attending nerd nation really sparked a fire and upon my return I ran for VP of International Initiatives in my chapter and was elected. I was strongly encouraged by at the time International Division 3 VP Trevor Mileur to run for regional office so I did! I ran for Regional President annnnnd I lost. But second chances do happen so when I was contacted about the opportunity to run for Central VP once again I hit the ground running and this time I made it to the finish line. I’ve learned so much in the process and have had some great experiences networking and engaging others academically and emotionally on a much more personal level. It’s fascinating to attend regional events and listen to others share their stories of how they have overcome and what their working towards in order to achieve their desired outcomes in life. It’s great to hear the wonderful ideas that fellow PTK members have to make our world a better place.
My Favorite Phi Theta Kappa Moment (So Far):
I would definitely say attending Nerd Nation in San Antonio was an experience of its own however, I hate to deem any one event per say to be my “favorite” as with each experience or PTK function I have had the opportunity to grow on a personal or academic level and engage others around me. I love meeting new people as I can always learn something from them.
Favorite Quote Related to This Year’s Honors Study Topic:
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.