Q: What keeps you coming back to volunteer at World of Speed week after week?
A: I am excited every day I come to the museum to hear stories, meet with our visitors, and view the gems our museum has to offer. It is such an adventure to see what Ron and his crew have added (or moved) in the museum. But, my fellow volunteers would think I was being overtly modest if I didn't mention my competitiveness; there might be a friendly rivalry amongst us on driving the simulators.
I believe what makes me a good Simulator Operator is knowing the track and the cars as well as I do. I want everyone to have a positive, memorable experience when they visit us, but maybe just not be better at driving the simulators then me.
What an incredible opportunity I get each and every day I am in the museum. I really appreciate the knowledge and stories I get to hear from our visitors and my fellow volunteers. And, I am thrilled by the opportunity this museum brings to younger generations, both in the form of preserving important history and through education.
Q: What are a few fun facts about you?
A: A fun fact which may be significant for Oregonians is that I was the Beaver mascot while I attended Oregon State.
I camped out all night at Space View Park in Titusville, Florida to watch the very last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which ticked the thrill of seeing a launch live from Kennedy Space Center off my bucket list. Even though the park is fifteen miles from the launch platform, the sensation of thrust you feel from the rocket boosters still leaves an incomparable impression. That is serious power.
My parents choose my name after hearing a Debbie Reynolds song on the car radio, while on their way to the hospital.
My vocation has allowed me to see the world. I have lived in nine countries, on five continents, and learned five other languages. It also means I have driven a car from both the left and right driver’s seat, done manual transmission shifting using both my left and right hand, and driven with the center line on both the left and right side of the car.