When and why did you move to the Gila Valley?
“I was born in Willcox. My mom moved here when I was four. I left to go to Phoenix when I was 19. I love it here. I missed it.”
Where is your favorite place to eat in the Gila Valley?
“Probably The Plank.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I love to bake. I love my family barbecues. One of my favorite things is early morning coffee, sitting on my back porch and watching the birds.”
What surprises you about the Gila Valley?
“Once something bad happens, our community pulls together. Everyone is so willing to help.”
What was the last book you read?
“I don’t read a lot of books, but I listen to a lot of audiobooks. (The last book I listened to was) ‘House of Hollow’ by Krystal Sutherland.”
What website or app do you use most, other than Facebook?
“Probably my cloudlibrary to listen to audiobooks.”
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
“Probably New Zealand.”
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
“I order a specific shrimp when I order jumbo shrimp, but I don’t like the pineapple that comes with it. So I told the waitress that I’m allergic to pineapple. She said the shrimp is actually made with a pineapple sauce, so there was this kind of awkward silence because I wanted the shrimp anyway.”
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
“Honestly just to thrive here at work. That and my son just got diagnosed with autism, so I’m trying my best to just do some research and be a better mom for him.”
What is your proudest accomplishment?
“I love being a boy mom (I have three boys ages nine, five, and three) and nothing has made this girl happier than see them grow.”
Three Minutes With highlights everyday people in the Gila Valley who wouldn’t typically be in the newspaper. If you are willing to be interviewed for the Courier’s Three Minutes With series, either by phone or email, contact editor Kim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-428-2560.