Why did you choose to work at the Indiana Chamber?
I started working at the Chamber in March 2008 as an assistant for George Raymond, who was the vice president of human resources and labor relations at that time. After having my son (I also have a younger daughter), I wanted to shorten my work week and George spoke with me about an open administrative assistant position. The driving force in my wanting to work in this position was the fact that George was such a great guy to work with when I was at the Department of Labor. I figured it would be just as great to work in this new position and I was right.
You mentioned your two children and the importance of your family. What are some of the best parts about being a mom?
I waited my whole life to be a mom. You start out not knowing a thing about it and then you have these little people who depend on you. One of the best parts about it is when you go home after a hectic day at work and their smiles completely turn your day around. The Chamber plays a big part in this since they allow me the flexibility to have the time I need to be with my kids. Not a lot of businesses accommodate that, so it's great to work at a place that does.
You work for six different lobbyists. Describe a few of your duties.
I'm basically here to help with whatever they need, whether it is something big or small. Some things I do daily are keeping their calendars and scheduling committee meetings. A large thing I do is help coordinate the D.C. Fly-in.
Talk about your involvement with the D.C. Fly-in.
It's held every September. I coordinate it with the vice president of economic development, small business policy and federal relations, Cam Carter. We organize the whole thing from the policy aspects to budgeting. All members of the state's congressional delegation are invited. We promote the event starting in April and work to get Indiana business leaders to participate. We want as many representatives as possible to go so Indiana businesses can have a voice. It's a really fun, well-attended and well-received event.
What are some of your all-time favorite movies?
Most of the movies I like are older films. Some of my favorites are Moonstruck, Seems Like Old Times and The Godfather trilogy.