AGE 39Seward Dock Operations Manager, Alaska Railroad Corp.
Best stress reliever?
Spending time with my husband and children fishing, clam digging, hunting and working on our property at our
cabin in Sterling.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Community work: Seward Council Member, Seward Chamber of Commerce, Seward Mariners Memorial, Marathon Ministries, Kenai Peninsula Borough Flood Plain Task Force, Seward Rotary, Seward Memorial United Methodist Church, Alaska Resource Family (Foster Parent), Seward Little League
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Favorite lunch spot? At home having lunch with my husband.
Favorite place in Alaska? Seward is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The city has everything, but with a hometown feel. The opportunities for work, recreation, dining, sports, and education are endless.
Your most memorable experience that could only have happened in Alaska. In the summer of 2010, on our annual dipnetting trip at the mouth of the Kasilof River. The kids help haul in and process the fish that Mom and Dad catch. At the end of each day, the kids stand on the beach and hold a net, even though they never really catch anything. One day, a hungry seal drove the salmon into the beach. All the kids, from our 2-year-old up, caught their share of salmon using the dip net without even getting their feet wet!
Name the person you most respect and why. My husband Von Terry. Von can set his mind to doing anything and make it happen. There isn't anything he can't fix, build or figure out. He takes the time to teach our children how to fix their cars, hunt, ride snowmachines – you name it. I am blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life teaching my children how to do anything they want to do!
Famous quote to live by: "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." — 2 Tim1:7
How did you make your first dollar? Working for the First Presbyterian Church summer camp in Santa Barbara, Calif.
What did your pet or child teach you about business? My daughter Rose, 12 years old, is starting a dress making business with a friend. She has taught me that you are the only person who can limit how much you are able to achieve. When you dream big, have a goal and develop a plan, there is actually nothing that can stop your success.
Favorite superhero? Paul Atreides, later known as Paul Muad'Dib, from the Dune Universe. His lesson is that we can't just rely on others, because those people become corrupted. Each individual is responsible for improving the world for themselves.
What is the best moral lesson learned from a character in a book? Jane Eyre stayed true to her faith and moral beliefs even when others were against her. Her willingness to fight for justice has always inspired me to do the same.
Describe something you learned as a child that made a difference in your later years. I learned at an early age the importance of having a busy schedule. For me, when I stay actively engaged and my family is busy with activities, then I am able to accomplish much more. Don't get me wrong, couch time is nice, but too much down time just makes it harder to get going again.