- How long have you been at Oregon State?
Seven wonderful years. I started in FERM as a student worker. I did a short stint in FES as graduate coordinator before moving to the dean’s office five years ago. I just stepped into a new position. I’m now the event, outreach and administrative manager. I plan all the events for the College of Forestry and I will be taking on more of an administrative role in my new position.
- I hear you took an interesting path to your current career. Tell us about that.
I was a stay-at-home mom for ten years and was living in Florida when I went through a divorce. I moved to Oregon with my three daughters. We lived with my mom, and her neighbor helped me get a job as a student worker at the College of Forestry, and that turned into a full-time position. I also went to school full time and got my bachelor’s degree in business in four and a half years. I graduated in 2016.
- That’s amazing. What is your favorite part of your job now?
I love working with students when I can. Whether it be having the ambassadors help me at an event or hosting them in my home for Thanksgiving, I just like spending time with them and getting to know them and about their experiences.
- What does your life look like outside work?
I have a husband who is going to nursing school at OHSU. I have three daughters ages 18, 15 and almost 13. All three of them are cheerleaders, God help me.
I own my own wedding and event planning company: Bella Fontaine Events, so I do wedding and corporate events on the side. Last year I did about 20 events.
When I’m not working, I like crafts, reading , hanging out with my husband and family and decorating my new house.
- Seen any good movies lately?
Ralph Breaks the Internet. It was a feel good movie that kind of poked fun at all the things on the internet that we’re obsessed with like eBay. It was just cute.
- What else are you into?
My favorite food is chips and salsa. My favorite music is anything from the 80s. My favorite color is pink.
- Why pink?
I’m not a very warm, fuzzy person, but pink is just such a happy color. I have a black heart, but I just love pink.