I am a Tennessee native, originally from Memphis before moving to Hardeman County as a teenager. My husband, Mike and I live in Bolivar with our three dogs named Chester, Macy & Riley. I have two sons, Clint and his wife, Terri of New Albany, MS & Drew of Huntsville, AL. I have four granddaughters, Lacy, Kaycee, Linzi & Cameron of New Albany, MS. I am Vice President/Branch Manager @ First South Bank in Bolivar, TN. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, outdoors, swimming, concerts, walking, and recently began running in 5Ks.
I began volunteering as a wish granter with Make-A-Wish in 2008 and have enjoyed every wish that I have worked on. I have met so many wonderful people throughout my experiences. My favorite part would have to be the reveals. The smiles on the face of the wish kid and their family at the reveal is indescribable.
I chose to volunteer for Make-A-Wish because I knew a very sick little girl, who was a wish kid several years ago. It was amazing to see her smile after she had been so sick for so long. I didn’t realize there were volunteer opportunities with the organization until I saw the representatives set up at an event years later. It didn’t take much to encourage me, I felt honored to be offered the opportunity.
My best piece of advice for new volunteers is to relax and experience each wish because they are all so special. Make-A-Wish has the best people to work with and everyone will go the extra mile to assist you. Partnering up with another volunteer works great too!
If I could have one wish granted I would love to travel outside the continental US, and my first choice would be Hawaii.