Success to me is being happy with what you are doing with your life and with who you are-whether that is a business woman or a stay-at-home mom, or whatever.
What special challenges or advantages have you faced because you're a woman?
The biggest challenge I've faced since returning to the workforce is juggling work and home responsibilities-fortunately, I have a husband who really believes in sharing the responsibilities of home and children equally. Actually, he probably does more than me, most of the time!
I don't think I've really had any gender-related challenges or advantages in my career. I've always considered my profession to be one that is not primarily oriented to either men or women, and I've almost always worked with excellent people, regardless of gender.
What has been your motivation?
I began working again after a 5-year hiatus (as a stay-at-home-mom) because of the financial need. That motivation is still there, of course, but I really enjoy what I do. I've seen the Capital City Weekly grow and get better since I've been here, and I want to help keep it moving in that direction.
How did you get started in this business?
I have a degree in graphic design, and I've done a lot of different things with it in the 17 years since I finished college. I fell into this job by chatting with an acquaintance (who used to be the editor of the Capital City Weekly) at his child's birthday party four years ago. I mentioned that I was a graphic designer and he hired me to temp for a week. And I've been here ever since-I went from part-time designer to the production manager!
Who was your mentor, and how have they influenced you?
I would have to say that my mentors were a couple, Joyce and Gus Underdown, who were my bosses (and owners) at a real estate magazine in Carmel, California. They gave me a great opportunity to do some good work when I didn't have a lot of experience. They trusted and respected me and my design skills, and they were terrific people to work for.
I've been married 16 years to a wonderful husband, Dion, and I have two amazing children, Demaris, who's almost 10, and Gavin, who's almost 7.