Hometown: Du Quoin, Illinois
Current neighborhood: Blue Springs
Who or what is your sidekick? My 8-year-old son, Jayden
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I have always wanted to be a trained chef.
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Rumors Steakhouse. I’m one of those people who doesn’t like my steak to moo or to move, so I got it well done, which generally brings you a tough steak. I could cut my steak at Rumors with my fork. It was the best steakhouse I’ve ever been to.
Favorite place to spend a significant portion of your paycheck: Anywhere that puts a smile on the face of my family.
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Gates Bar-B-Q is where I generally take people. Also, I like the Truman historical sites. The City Market is another good place we go.
What TV show are you embarrassed to admit you watch? Dance Moms and Hillbilly Handfishin’
What movie do you watch at least once a year? Gone With the Wind
Celebrity you’d like to take on a gondola ride: Mariska Hargitay
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I can’t follow what I am doing, let alone have time to track the daily thoughts of random people.
Person or thing you find irritating at this moment: Road construction during peak hours. The crews seem good at what they do, but their timing seems a little bit off. You always see road construction at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Why? There’s got to be better times that you can do that.
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? All pretty embarrassing
What was the most important thing you learned in school? To never give up, always do your best, and no matter how long it takes you to complete your schooling, it will be worth it in the end.
Finish this sentence: “People might be surprised to know that I …” Was on Judge Judy and won $5,000.
Describe a recent triumph: Last summer I completed my second master’s degree, in sociology, at the University of Central Missouri.
More than 4,000 students attend MCC—Blue River each semester.