1. How did you decide to join the Navy?
I initially joined the Navy as an avenue to go to college, but my intentions later changed to a career commitment due to the extraordinary people and great sense of purpose.

2. Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you throughout your Navy career?

As an enlisted Sailor and as an Officer, the Chief’s Mess has been integral in my development and decision to stay-Navy for over 28 years. At the rank of E-3, I also had a Lieutenant who mentored me and encouraged me to set measurable goals. She has followed my entire career and she placed my Command Pin when I assumed command of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, March 2016.


3. Can you share a story about someone, perhaps someone in your family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than perhaps even you ever thought you might?
I am fortunate to have a family who has always encouraged me to reach for the stars and they instilled in me a confidence that has sustained me through success and through failure. We are a family of faith and likewise, a family of optimism and resilience. I grew up in rural Tennessee, where the traditional role of a female was somewhat predestined. My family, however, never guarded my aperture, but rather encouraged me to test the boundaries. My grandfather encouraged me in math; my grandmother taught me to fish; my father taught me carpentry and my mother taught me to be a lady, all the while whispering, “You can do anything.”


4. Please tell us which past assignments are the most memorable to you and why?
Shortly after 9/11, I joined Cargo Handling Battalion TWELVE as a Division Officer and later deployed with them to Kuwait. My division was 26 strong and the largest group I had managed to date. I had served along-side many of my Sailors as an enlisted corpsman, so I had some anxieties about reengaging as their Division Officer. This group of men and women took me in and made our success a priority. Their professionalism and attitude had a life long impact on me and I am forever grateful.


5. What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you?
Being a leader in the Navy means serving people. It is the responsibility to operate with the greatest of integrity while striving for the highest competency to remain relevant in thoughts and actions as it pertains to mission and the needs of those you serve. Being a leader in the Navy is not a position, but rather a point in time when you move forward and are followed with the trust and confidence of those under your charge.


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