Category Archives: Last Day Q&A

Last Day Q&A: Ashley Warren

Today we’re learning more about our Enhanced Coaching Specialist, Ashley Warren.  Come back on the last day of each month to find out more about another staff member or click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Loyal, Committed, and Meticulous

What is your personal philosophy?

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Music! No matter the mood or situation, there’s a song to go along!

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Well, I’m still working on this challenge, but parenting was a big shift for me. I had to learn early on that it’s ok not to know all the answers and he will still love me at the end of the day. Nine years later, and that’s holding true!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Rice Crispy treats…man, it’s bad! My mom makes the best ones I’ve ever had, but for those of you who enjoy a good one, try Noodles and Company.

What is your greatest fear?

Failing

Where is your favorite place to be?

Quiet places with water nearby

What is your favorite thing to do?

Sing

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Grand Cayman. Beautiful sites and big adventures (for me anyway!). I went for a wedding, so having all my high school friends there was great!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

This isn’t really weird, but I worked at Ritter’s Frozen Custard when I was younger. It was a lot of fun, but things got so messy around there! I was constantly trying to clean up things.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeepers!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Probably something with organization or event planning OR a famous singer!

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

You got this. Stay prayerful and focused. Love yourself.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Wow, Listen!, Guess what…

What is the best book you have ever read?

Who Moved my Cheese?

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I started playing the viola in elementary school and stopped in high school. I loved it!

Ask Ashley additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Emily Barrow

This month’s featured staff member is Emily Barrow, our CACFP Monitor. We hope you enjoy learning more about Emily and why she fits like a puzzle piece among the rest of our great staff here at Child Care Answers. Come back on the last day of each month to find out more about another staff member or click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Funny, organized, adventurous

What is your personal philosophy?

I try to live by the mindset that some things just don’t need to be a battle. Enjoy the little things in life, love the people in it, and never say no to a new adventure.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

I have a horrible coffee addiction, but it has to be good coffee. Even when we go camping, I drag my French press with us.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

I didn’t go to college until after I had children. Juggling kids, work, and college was a long, hard battle to overcome.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

The pound cake my mom made for the holidays when I was a child. It is my favorite special treat.

What is your greatest fear?

Failing at something

Where is your favorite place to be?

I love the beach, but anywhere that has friends or family and good food – I am all in.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Go to a concert. I’m currently working on a concert bucket list. I just went to see Garth Brooks, and it was amazing.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

A few years ago I went out to Arizona to visit my brother. We went up through northern Arizona to the Grand Canyon and did some back trails in a Jeep. It was so beautiful out there, and the time with my brother was priceless. Standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon, you realize how small you are in this world.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I’ve not really had a weird job, but I do work at a local winery in my spare time. I love being able to just have fun there and meet new people.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Flying cars – I drive all over for my job. It would make life so much easier.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I actually went to school for political science and wanted to work with legislators. If I weren’t doing this, I would pursue that love a little more.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Slow down and enjoy being young. You have all the time in the world to grow up.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

You know what I mean?, LOL, I’m over it

What is the best book you have ever read?

I’m still in love with The Grapes of Wrath. It was a book we had to read for a college class. Half of the class hated it, but I fell in love with the story.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

As a child I wanted to be a ballerina and took years of dance classes. Sometimes you might still catch me twirling around.

Feel free to ask Emily additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Bri Dimit

Meet Bri Dimit, our Enhanced Ministry Coach. The Last Day Q&A Series is our way of sharing our fantastic staff with you. On the last day of each month, a different staff member answers a series of fun and thought-provoking questions.

What three traits define you?

Energetic, Positive, and Compassionate. (I am funny too. If you ever need a good knock knock joke, I am your gal.)

What is your personal philosophy?

Always see the good, and if you cannot see it, than be it.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My faith

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Epilepsy and the passing of my mother when I was thirteen

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A good laugh

What is your greatest fear?

Dying young

Where is your favorite place to be?

With friends and family (preferably at a beach)

What is your favorite thing to do?

Traveling and anything outside (walks, runs, bike rides, hiking)

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The Dominican because the people there were like family. They welcome you with open arms!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I worked at the South Bend Cubs Minor League Stadium as the broccoli mascot who did the “vegetable race” in between innings.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Moon cities, hands down!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Famous singer or a “Positive Life” Spokesperson. Someone who travels the world speaking to groups of people on how to cope through hardships and live a positive life.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

You’ve got this.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Life’s too short, God don’t make no junk, I don’t know Fred

What is the best book you have ever read?

Dr. Seuss anything

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have flat lined before.

 

Feel free to ask Bri additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Lucy Intriago

Our Bilingual Support Manager, Lucy Intriago is the next up to share more about herself in our Last Day Q&A Series. We hope you enjoy learning about Lucy as much as we enjoy having her as a member of our staff!

What three traits define you?

Adventurous, Patient, Courageous

What is your personal philosophy?

Every action has a consequence.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Internet, taking a shower

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Finding a job in a new country and learning the language and everything else

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Salty and fried things

What is your greatest fear?

Cockroaches and mice

Where is your favorite place to be?

At the beach

What is your favorite thing to do?

Travel

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

England – beautiful landscapes and rich in history

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

At a store, stocking items and products

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Moon cities

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Wedding planner or gymnastic coach

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Choose good friends

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Really, Ok, Oh no

What is the best book you have ever read?

Dracula

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I learned English as a third language at the age of 28. I love to do crochet.

 

Feel free to ask Lucy additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Stephanie Ries

In the next post in our new Last Day Q&A series, Stephanie Ries shares answers to our version of “20 Questions”. Stephanie is our newest Paths to QUALITY™ coach and started with Child Care Answers last month.

What three traits define you?

Passionate, Creative, Honest

What is your personal philosophy?

Always be open to learn. It’s okay to fail. Never think too highly of yourself.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My personal relationship with God

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

The death of my mother

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Most things fried 🙂

What is your greatest fear?

Riding roller coasters

Where is your favorite place to be?

In the forest walking alongside a creek

What is your favorite thing to do?

Travel, reading, and going to museums. Couldn’t pick one.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Greece. Beautiful country, fresh food!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Office supply store manager

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Moon cities

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

A Chef

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

It’s okay to be different

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Okay, Awesome, Wow

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Four Agreements

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’ve climbed a telephone pole, walked a tight rope, then bungee jumped!

Feel free to ask Stephanie additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Janice Salpietro

This post begins our new Last Day Q&A series, where we will pose questions to a member of our staff on the last day of each month. We hope by learning a bit more about us, you’ll see the core of who we are, which is truly the core of our organization. 

This month, our new Administrative Assistant, Janice Salpietro, shares more about herself. 

What three traits define you?

Joyfulness, Integrity,  and Creativity

What is your personal philosophy?

Strive to fulfill Paul’s teachings in Galatians Chapter 5:  to “Love my neighbor as myself” and live by the fruits of the Spirit

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Amazon. I wonder how I ever did live without it.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Moving to Hawaii at the young age of 26 with a kindergartner, toddler, and infant in tow. . . and they all survived!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Ice cream, any flavor, slightly melting

What is your greatest fear?

Losing those I love

Where is your favorite place to be?

Shark’s Cove on the Northshore of Oahu, which is not possible anymore because I live in Indy. So, I would have to say any place in the fresh air enjoying creation.

What is your favorite thing to do?

At this point in my life, sway in a big hammock swing hanging from a tree or sitting on a beach with my toes in the sand

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Hawaii, because the beaches are all very unique and beautiful

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

The weirdest job that I ever had was actually a responsibility that was part of a position that I held at Camp Atterbury. I was responsible for keeping the geese population down in the recreational ponds on post. Every spring, I would patrol the ponds and try to disrupt any early nest building attempts, monitor any successful nests,  and ‘addle’ the eggs at the precise time between the laying and incubating period. And I’ll tell you…expectant daddy geese are quite ferocious.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

This was a no brainer for me…a flying car just for me to fly over all the traffic jams on my home each day

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

If money weren’t an issue, I would run a traveling preschool program that could go to the young learners that don’t have the means to get to any early learning programs

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I would tell my 13-year old self to not worry so much about being accepted by the ‘popular crowd’ and just be the person God created me to be

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

“I’m sorry”, even when it is not necessary

What is the best book you have ever read?

I am not able to pick a best book I have ever read, but the most influential book I ever read and continue to read is the Holy Bible.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was excruciatingly shy as a little girl.

Feel free to ask Janice additional questions in the comments below!