B.A. Painting & Drawing Anderson University B.A. Art Education Anderson University
Not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. Note every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something! - Steve Goodier
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the pine forests of North Carolina and spent my late high school years in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina
Tell us about your family. My childhood memories are filled with large family gatherings, singing around campfires, digging up pond scum and exploring the natural world (often barefoot), building forts and camping and canoeing with my family. I was fortunate enough to have a father who showed me what it meant to love and serve others through actions. My mother taught me how to be compassionate and empathetic while staying true to one’s self. My three sisters and youngest brother, though we didn’t always get along, showed me how to love someone unconditionally. They are my ever-present support and encouragement.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. The first time I traveled outside of the country, I spent over a month and a half traveling around Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. It was an adventure with many firsts and an unforgettable journey.
Briefly describe your work experience. The first job I ever worked was picking blueberries but since then I have done many things. Most recently, I’ve been an Environmental Educator and Program Coordinator, Expedition leader (backpacking, sea kayaking, rock climbing etc.), and an Environmental Restoration worker.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?My list of places is far to long. I can tell you this; I would be in a place with stunning mountains, alpine lakes, and beautiful wildflowers. My ceiling would be the sky, the grass my floor, and the songs of birds and streams would be my entertainment.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hiking, backpacking, sitting around a campfire, kayaking, relaxing in my hammock, trying new foods, drawing, painting and spending quality time with friends and family.
What draws you most to this type of work? I am drawn here by something both simple and complex, people. I am a part of a rich legacy of family that has dedicated their lives to loving and serving others. One of my greatest joys in life is being able to share the compassion, love, and support I have so graciously been given throughout my life.