Hometown: Virginia Beach
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? My passion is really the kids. I love these like my own and I get pure enjoyment seeing them enjoy what I prepare. I am motivated with the desire to create new and exciting dishes for the students. I love it when they make an effort to tell me how they enjoyed what I prepared.
What was your favorite book in school? My favorite book is "The Great Gatsby"
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them? My mentors were my grandparents. They taught me how to grow my on food, create dishes using spices and herbs and develop my own dishes.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition? My favorite North Cross tradition was the fifth grade "Battle."
If you didn't do what you do here, what else would you be doing? If I didn't work here I would like to own my own food truck. I had my own restaurant for 16 years (Confeddy's in downtown Roanoke) and would like to do something different from that.
What is something we might not know about you? People may be surprised to know that Donnie and I have been married for 27 years and we have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 11.