How did you find your way to Farmville?
I was a non-traditional student finishing my business degree at Longwood in 1989-1991 and absolutely loved the Longwood experience. My husband, William, also graduated from Longwood in 1990 and became a CPA. At that time, we lived in Charlotte County with our young son. I was offered a job as a project coordinator to remain with the SBDC after graduation. William worked in South Boston at an accounting firm, but eventually was offered a position with then Honeycutt and Thorne CPA’s here in town. After a time, it made sense to stop commuting and to make our move to Farmville. We have loved being a part of this community!
Who asked you to become a part of Farmville Downtown Partnership? Why did you say “yes”?
I have been involved in some way with FDP since the beginning. It was a natural fit to be involved as part of the Small Business Development Center. Three years ago, Chuck Ross asked me if I would come on the board and lead the Economic Restructuring Committee. It was an honor to be asked, and I found it to be a great outlet for aligning my skills and roles to benefit the development of Downtown. I love this community and want to lend the skills I have to help it grow.
If you could be any object located in the Main Street District, what would you be and why?
I’d like to be Walker’s Diner! It’s such a bright and cheerful fixture on Main. On any given day, it would be difficult to go there without having a good conversation with someone you know, or someone who may be visiting Farmville for the first time. The conversation is fun, the food is fabulous, the place is happy, and the owners and the staff are so friendly! Imagine the conversations and memories that linger in those walls!
If you had to pick Farmville Downtown’s Theme Song, what would it be?
Farmville is so unique; I don’t think there has yet been a song that can capture the atmosphere and feeling of our downtown. I think there is a song just waiting to be written by one of our talented local artists. How exciting would that be as a new FDP project?