Neighbor: Kelly Casey
Occupation: Payroll & Invoicing with Schlumberger.
Family: Fiance, Jon; mother, Debbie; grandfather, Bill; aunt, Vickie; and great aunt, Mary.
Place of birth: Kansas City, Kan.
Q: When did you move to the area, and what brought you here?
A: I moved to southern Tonganoxie (outside the city limits) in 2001, onto 40 acres with my mom, aunt and grandpa. My fiance and I just purchased our first home in Linwood last week.
Q: What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
A: Closing on a house. Our wedding is in about a month and half, so adding the stress of buying a house at the same time was crazy.
Q: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
A: “Everything happens for a reason.” When you look back on things that have happened in your life, you realize that in order to have become the person you are today, you had to go through some crazy things along the way.
Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?
A: 1. I am a hard worker — I clean stalls and take care of horses every morning and evening, I haul hay, I work with our cows, etc.; 2. I have a fantastic family; and 3. I am seriously marrying the love of my life. We have known each other for about 18 years. Our lives met up again about a year ago and we will be married Nov. 12.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Originally, I wanted to be a grocery store checker when I grew up. When I was little in the early 80s, they were the only ones I saw who used any type of a computer. Then I wanted to be a teacher and then a hair dresser ... how did I get into finance?
Q: What's your ideal vacation spot?
A: I’m not one to take out-of-town vacations because of my horses, but I would be good with just a week away from work.
Song: “You are My Sunshine.” My grandma sang it to me when I was little.
Colors: Crimson and blue
Food: Chicken nachos