Tell us a little about yourself and what led you to this job.
I am a sixth generation Texan and fifth generation Dallasite. I have always belonged to St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. My husband, Allen, and I have three children, all in their thirties now, and two grandchildren. I began going to The Exchange with my mother when I was very young. She and Anne Coke designed and set up the displays in the windows every Wednesday morning. It was a real treat to get to go. I knew someday I would want to volunteer. As my children got older, I realized I was missing the camaraderie of being with friends in a fun and relaxed environment and so I decided that, if The Exchange would have me, I would begin volunteering.
How long have you worked at St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange?
What’s your favorite and most unique thing about your job?
As a cashier, I get to interact with so many different customers from literally all over the world. It is fascinating to help someone from Japan or France or St. Louis or San Francisco. I work for such a wonderful organization that gives so much to the community. The funds we raise go to many Dallas non-profits that make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people of all ages. We are a dedicated group of volunteers that love what we do, enjoy being together and are passionate about making an impact on those in need.
How long have you been visiting Highland Park Village?
All of my life! I can remember my grandmother pushing me in the cart at Safeway and getting dressed up and having lunch at The S & S Tea Room. I grew up in Greenway Parks and I rode my bike to the Village to go to the 7-11, Skillerns and Hall’s Variety.
What do you enjoy most about the Highland Park Village community?
I love the life and vibrancy of the Village. Especially on Fridays and Saturdays, the Village is beaming with people from babies in strollers to shoppers with canes. Everyone is smiling and enjoying the day!
Are there any fun facts you can share about the center or yourself?
I think one fun fact that goes for me and all the ladies that volunteer is that we are great customers of the Exchange! Our buyers are so good at choosing merchandise that is timely and attractive. Every time I finish my shift, I walk out with a bag of wonderful items I bought that day!