• Describe your role within the Neighborhood Services department?
I work with managers from three Neighborhood Services divisions: BEST Neighborhoods, Community Services and Property Standards. Our job is to ensure we meet the community's needs, especially in housing and neighborhoods. I work on things such as homelessness, housing needs, neighborhood engagement, property maintenance and zoning administration.
• Why did you decide on this career path?
I'm not sure if I decided to take this career path or it decided to take me! I started in a completely different industry, but I always knew I wanted to make a positive difference in whatever community I was working with. This desire led me into a graduate degree in Historic Preservation. While I've practiced different aspects of city planning over the last 20 years, I really enjoy partnering with resident leaders to create neighborhoods that are great places to live.
• What do you enjoy most about working at the City of Plano?
The people. I'm so impressed with how many employees truly care about our residents and go above and beyond to provide excellent services to the community.
• What is the one thing you want people to know about the Neighborhood Services department?
We are connectors and problem solvers. Our mission, Connecting Community Needs with Community Resources , is at the heart of all we do. We partner with residents, neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, civic/service based groups, nonprofits, businesses and other community-oriented groups to provide solutions. By working cooperatively, we make Plano a better place for residents, businesses and visitors.
• What is a fun fact about where you grew up or something you enjoy outside of work?
I lived in Plano until third grade, then moved to a New Orleans suburb. Living in New Orleans inspired a love of architecture and food which continues today I love to travel to places with beautiful historic buildings, and enjoy the culture and food there.
• Where is your favorite place in Plano and why?
It's a toss-up between Arbor Hills and Downtown Plano. Arbor Hills because my husband and I love hiking the trails with our two Australian Shepherds, Sydnee and Paxton. Downtown Plano for great restaurants, events and historic character.