Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with Literacy KC's Carrie Coogan

The executive director of Literary KC on what she loves about KC.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Carrie Coogan
  • Carrie Coogan
Name: Carrie Coogan

Occupation: Executive director, Literacy Kansas City

Hometown: Born in North Hollywood, California, but grew up in Denver, Colorado.

Current neighborhood: Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

Who or what is your sidekick? I have 16 nieces and nephews who range in age from 4 to 21. All so wonderful and fun!

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Actress on Broadway or backup singer for Tina Turner - those girls are so awesome.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pot Pie in Westport

Where do you drink? The Peanut on Main or Governor Stumpy's

What are your favorite charities? Literacy Kansas City, Women for Women International, March of Dimes, and Society of St. Andrew

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Local farmers market, on fresh, organic homegrown food. I try not to miss Friday nights at the BadSeed and Laura Little's fudge shop.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Skinny jeans

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Gates Bar-B-Q. I love watching them freak out when they say, "Hi, may I help you?" right when you walk in the door. Also, Union Station, Liberty Memorial, and the Coterie Theatre.

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ..." Someone had a vision to go big in western Wyandotte County. They never looked back and continue to succeed.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " I don't want to call it a screw-up because I know that many good people have tried to create change, but I am so concerned about the Kansas City, Missouri, School District. The struggles have been going on for decades now, and it affects all of us. Ensuring that everyone gets a good education across the metro needs to be something we all care about. That's why the programs are so important at Literacy Kansas City; 225,000 adults in our area can't read. We match them with tutors and help them learn.

"Kansas City needs ..." To get a light-rail system! Not just for downtown through the Plaza but for all areas of the metro. Downtown, midtown, up to the airport, out to Wyandotte County, Overland Park, Lee's Summit, Independence ... what are we waiting for?

"People might be surprised to know that I ..." Once thought about becoming a nun. It sounded fun, great education, travel the world, and you get to help people.

"If I were in charge I would ..." Make one day a week where everyone either walked, ran or rode their bike everywhere they went. I'd like a four-day workweek, and everyone gets a month off once a year.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Barry Manilow, John Denver, Bee Gees, Adele, Shinedown, Sevendust, and anything Motown

What movie do you watch at least once a year? I don't have one, but the best movie I have seen this year is The Muppets. You have to go see it!

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Kansas City Half Marathon, Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon, and the Trolley Run

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: George Clooney

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Oprah and Johnny Dare

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Netflix

Last book you read: A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield. It may sound corny, but this book encourages you to live your life by following what your heart tells you to do instead of your head.

Favorite day trip: Driving across Kansas to Colorado. Yes, I said that! There are parts of Kansas that are so gorgeous. How can you not smile when you see field after field of sunflowers, tall, bright and proud?

To find out how to be a Literacy Kansas City tutor, e-mail volunteer@literacykc.org or call 816-333-9332.

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