Occupation: Director of American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (AAF-KC), a membership organization furthering the education of advertising professionals and promoting the art of advertising. We specialize in professional development programs, speaker and networking events and recognition shows. We represent the second-largest AAF chapter in the nation and one of the top creative advertising cities in the country.
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Current neighborhood: West 39th Street
Who or what is your sidekick? A cup of coffee from YJ's or Filling Station. If you see me without a cup of coffee, it's an impostor.
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? An art-gallery owner living in Paris with Coco Chanel (one of my biggest inspirations).
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Habashi House in the City Market. They have the best shawarma in town.
Where do you drink? The Foundry and Kelly's
What's your favorite charity? Charlotte Street Foundation. They're a fantastic example of how you can directly support artists and sustain a creative community. If you love what Kansas City is doing right now in the arts community, support Charlotte Street.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Traveling, Birdies or the Bunker
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The Power & Light District
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Arthur Bryant's, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, YJ's, the City Market and Westport
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It invested in the Crossroads District and got serious about building a strong arts culture.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Didn't approve funding for light rail.
"Kansas City needs ... " Public transportation beyond the downtown streetcar.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Was a competitive Irish dancer for most of my life - 15 years.
"On my day off, I like to ... " Paint or scavenge through the vintage stores in the West Bottoms, City Market or Westport. If it's nice outside, I will take a blanket and my iPod to Loose Park and daydream for hours. (This usually turns into me falling asleep and waking up with a gnarly sunburn.)
"In five years, I'll be ... " Continuing to go to the best hairstylist in town: Price Leatherbarrow.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Girls. Lena Dunham is brilliant.
____ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: Neil Young. He's one of my all-time heroes.
What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Big Lebowski
What local tradition do you take part in every year? St. Patrick's Day at Kelly's
Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Jack White
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Texts From Last Night. I've been reading it since college, and it never gets old.
What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? The New Yorker
Last book you read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It's a story about following your instinct, which is a philosophy I live by.
Favorite day trip: My favorite day trip is Springfield to Branson. I went to Drury University in Springfield, and my friends and I would go camping in Busiek (right outside of Branson). The drive during the fall is one of the most beautiful scenes of the Ozarks I've ever seen.
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Embarrassing dating moment? Never.
Interesting brush with the law? I save those kinds of confessions for my priest.
Describe a recent triumph: Taking the risk of leaving my former job to work in a more creative, focused position. I now have the opportunity to work for the AAF-KC with some of the most inspiring creative people in the advertising industry.