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Nicole Zelniker

What makes you YOU?

My community contributes a lot to who I am. I’m determined, I’m driven, and I’m compassionate, but I wouldn’t be any of those things without the people I’ve chosen to surround myself with.

What are you most proud of?

I’m not one to back down. I’ve been in situations before where the easy thing to do would have been to stand back and be quiet, but it’s important to me that I stay true to what I believe. I try to stay true to that in my work, too.

What keeps you going when things are tough?

My friends, therapy, and mostly my cat. She’s a pandemic foster fail and I don’t know how I ever functioned without her. It’s hard to be upset when she’s making muffins on my lap.

What keeps you up at night?

The state of the world. Everything is so stressful right now for so many people, and I try not to let that get to me more than it needs to, but it’s hard. I need to keep up with the news for my job, but if I’m being honest, I know I’d read it regardless. Also, related, anxiety.

 

 

Tonia Grubbs

What makes you, YOU?

After very much thought, my bluntness makes me, Me. I’ll say things most people won’t but should. My mouth is fearless, lol.

What are you most proud of?

The courage I had to speak for my mother after her passing. The same courage she gave me to always speak for those who cannot do so themselves.

What keeps you going when things are tough?

Reality… I know that no matter how tough my day, week, or life feels, there are those that dream of my tough day. You push through, Tomorrow is coming and I’d rather go empty handed than to carry it with me.

What keeps you up at night?

Should of, Could of, Would of… All in all I guess you call that, regret.

 

Christina McLamb

What makes you, YOU?

My determination, to keep moving forward and trying to make things better. Even when things are overwhelming I know I will get through this.

What are you most proud of?

My children, seeing them growing into such strong, caring people. Raising people who can change the world for the better, more understanding and empathy.

What keeps you going when things are tough?

The future, it will come one way or another. We must try to do what we can to make it better than what came before. Even small changes for the better can start bigger ripples of change.
What keeps you up at night?

Planning, my brain is always ten steps ahead. Before I finish one project another is brewing – the joys of ADHD. It keeps things interesting and gives me new things to do.

 

 

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