I was born in Huntsville, Alabama on September 9, 1969. I have two older sisters. Our family moved from Alabama to Warrenton, Virginia in 1976 as my dad was working for IBM and they opened a new facility in Manassas. (My dad suffered a major stroke in 1990 that forever changed him, and he died in 2008.) I have lived in various places in Virginia most of my life, minus a 6 year period when I lived in Asheville, North Carolina and then the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. I currently live in Alexandria, Virginia.
I have a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master's in Public Administration/Public Policy from George Mason University.
I worked for Edison Electric Institute – a trade association in Washington, D.C. - for electric utility companies – for 14 years; my last position was as a Manager of Program Services for the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. In that capacity, I worked on hazardous materials transportation safety and security issues.
My primary interests are in public policy development relative to regulatory advocacy and public administration, whether that applies to government or non-profit organizations.
My dream job would be to work for the FBI as a Policy Analyst, specializing in juvenile crime prevention and community policing. _______________________________________
My Dad did this - without the aid of a computer program - when I was just shy of two years old. Pretty interesting to me as it is strikingly accurate on most accounts. _______________________________________
I have a tattoo of a phoenix on the inside of my left ankle and a tattoo of the symbol for the band Evanescence on my lower back (it is more than a tribute to the band, but it's too personal to mention here).
I took the official Myers-Briggs personality test in the early 90s and I was an INFP. I took an informal personality test in October 2014 and got very different results - ESFJ:
"ESFJs are people persons who are warmly and genuinely interested in others. They read people quite accurately and turn the information they gather into supportive judgments. They like people and know how to bring the best out of them while being highly supportive. ESFJs are very likeable persons because they know how to make people feel good about themselves.
ESFJs have a high sense of duty and responsibilities. They place great importance on security and stability and are very focused on life's details. They perceive quicker than anyone and do what needs to be done.
ESFJs are warm and have a lot of energy but they need others's approval and acceptance. They get a lot of personal satisfaction from others' happiness and giving is one of their first sources of satisfaction in life. ESFJs are warm and energetic. They need approval from others to feel good about themselves. They are very sensitive and have a hard time seeing someone they care about dealing with difficulties.
ESFJs focus on reading other people, which they are very good at, and perfectly know how to adapt their manner according to the person they are dealing with. They have a very well defined personality and value system. They have a specific view of how things should be and can easily communicate them. However, they would tend to challenge those ideas against their outer world rather than their inner value system which make them dependent on the community and society they live in.
Some ESFJs happen to have no deep internal understanding of values they stand up for which can lead them to develop very questionable values they genuinely believe in. Their lack of intuition prevents them from getting the big picture and lead them to the wrong behaviours as they fail to see the real consequences of their actions. That can be dangerous as ESFJs are usually quite popular and can manipulate others quite easily.
ESFJs have a strong need to control their environment. They are comfortable with defined structures and organizations and like to create their own order. They can turn into 'control freaks' and should be careful not to step over others' freedom.
ESFJs have a deep respect for laws and traditions. They follow conventional ways and dislike innovation and adventure. In order to satisfy their need for security, they automatically accept the policies of any pre-existing system. This behaviour may lead them to blindly follow rules without questioning them enough.
As a conclusion, ESFJs are sympathetic, helpful, cooperative and tactful individuals. They value tradition and security, and will always seek stable lives that are rich in contact with their friends and family."
Some of that is true, but a lot isn't. _____________________________________________________________
Me: Left brain dominant.
Dominant personality trait.
This shirt sums me up pretty well.
This is really funny: We came across my 1963 edition of the game Clue, and decided to play it. There were detective pads inside, still preserved from the last time it was played in the 70s or 80s. One of my friends, upon turning her pad over, found the below message. I identified the handwriting as belonging to Mitzi Bell Richmond, one of my dear childhood (and adulthood) friends. We died laughing!!