Occupation: Development Manager, American Jazz Museum
Hometown: Creswell, Oregon
Current neighborhood: The Northland
Who or what is your sidekick? My 3-year-old daughter, Temwa
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? International aid worker
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Where do you drink? The Blue Room
What's your favorite charity? MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Zona Rosa
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? City Market
Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... " It supported local artists.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Constructed streets without sidewalks.
"Kansas City needs ... " More Trader Joe's.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Spent many summers fighting forest fires with my buddy Smokey the Bear.
"If I were in charge ... " Art and recess would be more important.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? 60 Minutes
___ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: R&B
What movie do you watch at least once a year? Bits and pieces of the Tinker Bell movies, and it's more like once a week. I love my little girl!
What local tradition do you take part in every year? Fourth of July at Riverfront Park
Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Definitely Erykah Badu
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: My little sister Jayme
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Slow computer
What subscription do you value most? Arts Journal newsletter
Last book you read: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Favorite day trip: Columbia, Missouri
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? On my first real date, the boy just kept talking about things I had zero interest in, and I was so embarrassed for him.
Interesting brush with the law? I got pulled over and didn't even realize it because I happened to be parking anyway.
Police officer: "Excuse me, miss, do you know why I pulled you over?"
Me: "You pulled me over!?!"
Describe a recent triumph: Walking after breaking both of my feet and being in a wheelchair for a couple of months.
The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Ella: First Lady of Song, through June 1 in the Changing Gallery. The art exhibit is free and open to the public.