1. Can you tell our members a little about yourself?
I am a retired IT Director from the Police and Fire Departments of Greensboro, North Carolina.
After 31 years of service and completing my doctorate, I immediately (day after retirement) began my second career in higher education as an Instructional Technologist and Instructional Designer for the eLearning Department at Guilford Technical Community College. I currently teach foundational technology courses for both Guilford Tech and UNC-Greensboro.
In addition, I have started my third career as an entrepreneur, using my business, DBTech Consulting, to help other businesses use technology in the most efficient ways to build their business. I am also re-establishing my non-profit organization, Digital Bridges, which works with previously incarcerated women to develop technical skills to find sustainable employment. I say that when I hears the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” I want to know that I’ve earned it. I have 4-legged fur babies, two 3-year-old Siberian Husky siblings Kamikaze and Delta Blue. I am also part of a community of believers at The Church on 68 and head up the Usher Team in that House.
2. What attracted you to Rotary?
I'm a servant at heart. At the end of the pandemic in 2020, a friend introduced me to Southern Guilford Rotary because of the service projects they were doing.
3. Why did you seek to join the Global Trekkers? What are you hoping to get out of your membership with GT?
The "virtual"-ness of the Global Trekkers is what caused me to go to the website. After viewing the site and emailing for more information, I was pretty excited to sit in on the first meeting. I sensed a lot of passion with this group through the emails and at the meeting I attended. I tend to lean more toward the introverted side of the spectrum, but I love people watching and meeting people. The fact that the members of GT are located all over is another reason I was interested in the group. Meeting people and serving together from wherever we are.
4. What type of service projects interest you?
I look more at the people being served, and the projects that bring me into contact with those people are the ones I enjoy the most.
5 Are there any specific service projects you would like the Global Trekkers to participate in?
I'm sure there will be, but not at the moment.
6. How does Rotary service influence and impact your professional life?
One of the other reasons I was attracted to GT is because the site said that members are "academics" and "entrepreneurs," two areas that highly impact my life. I would hope that I could use my technical skills and educational knowledge to help another member or enhance a service project.