Required reading for credit union executives: “Inside Change—Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence,” by Joshua Freedman and Massimiliano Ghini.
Favorite movies: For inspiration, I love “The Blind Side,” because it epitomizes how one person can make a huge difference in someone’s life. For a good laugh, I love the classic, “The Long, Long Trailer,” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, because life is a journey, so let’s enjoy it!
My greatest accomplishment: Balancing work and personal life. I have three children: a 16-year-old daughter, a 13-year-old son, and an eight-year-old daughter. Two were born during my tenure as the credit union’s CEO, and I took four months of family leave for each child. I understand the challenges working parents face, so I try to be sensitive to my co-workers’ personal needs. I’m passionate about children and education. I’m the founding director of a preschool in the area with a focus on parent education, I volunteer at my children’s schools, and I’m involved with the foundation of our local community college.
A typical morning before work: I wake up around 6 a.m., have a cup of coffee, feed my cat, take my dog for a one-mile walk along the ocean cliffs, get my two teenagers and my eight-year-old out of bed, read the paper, exercise on my elliptical, and get ready for work. My husband makes breakfast for everyone. We all leave around 8 a.m.
People who inspire me: People who are positive and have a can-do attitude. I love being around people who are willing to take action and risks in order to improve their lives or the lives of others. I’m fortunate since that describes the people I work with at the credit union. I’m also deeply inspired by nature. I love watching waves crash on the shore, as they have for millions of years. It reminds me that we’re only here for a very short time, so it’s important to enjoy each moment and not take life too seriously.
If I could do whatever I wanted to do every day: I am doing what I want to do every day. I love working at Bay Federal, and with my friends in the credit union industry. Our industry is going through a lot of change and I hope we never lose the special cooperative bond we have with each other. If I could try something new, it would be to live in the country on a farm. I spend so much time in my head, it would be interesting to be outdoors and to do more with my hands.
Favorite California destinations: I have many favorite places, so it’s hard to choose one. I love Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, the redwood trees, and the beaches. But, if I had to choose one, it would be Carmel-by-the-Sea.