In our small office, I get to fill many roles. On the human resources side, I make sure to stay up on various HR compliance issues and changes and I work to field questions about employee benefits. Over the years, the makeup of our employee base has changed as we have shifted subsidiaries with high employee counts out of our portfolio. This has changed my job so that now I spend a lot of my time maintaining relationships with our local nonprofit organizations, both administratively and on a personal level. I also administer the company’s property and casualty insurance programs, and assist the Finance Department with monthly accounting procedures and act as Corporate Secretary.
Making a difference in our little community. We talk about our corporate culture a lot and I love being a part of the legacy Brooks Resources is leaving in Central Oregon.
I wouldn’t say that I am necessarily a morning person and it takes me awhile to get moving. A cup of coffee and some dedicated “me” time is my best way to start the day.
As I get older, I try to absorb something noble from everyone I meet. The fact that someone takes the time to reach out to me makes me feel valued.
A: Anything outdoors. We spend as much time as we can in our RV, and I plan to spend the majority of my retirement in my fifth-wheel trailer. Hiking, driving to new places and spending a lot of time at the beach are at the top of my list. I also enjoy reading about American history. In a previous life, I’m sure I was a pioneer on the Oregon Trail.
Watercolor painting. I believe that the visual art side of my brain is vastly underdeveloped. I’d love to be able to put what I see in my head onto canvas.
My favorite thing is the connection to the community that working here provides. What I do at Brooks Resources is not a job, but a lifestyle. My circle of friends, acquaintances and colleagues – they are all directly tied to my time spent at Brooks Resources.
How do you like being a grandparent? You’ll never hear the end.
1) Develop a retirement plan.
2) Update my 40-year old house and yard to make it more contemporary.
Q: What makes you feel accomplished?
Sleeping peacefully. Unfinished business or not pulling my weight visits me in the middle of the night.
My husband Steve and I married 38 years ago in Eugene and shortly after, moved to Central Oregon. Our son, Chris, his wife Amie and daughter Charlie live here in Bend. Our son, Travis, wife Anna, sons Jett, Ryker, and surprise daughter Harley Jo (3 months old) live in Lake Tapps, Washington. We spend as much family time together as we can, at the motocross track, wrestling matches and a favorite, the High Desert Museum. We haven’t had any pets for a while, but know there’s a puppy in our future.