Meet the IndyEast PZ Communications Coordinator VISTA! Me!


This morning we meet me!

Did you grow up in Indy? If not what brought you here?

I did not grow up in Indiana, I grew up moving around a lot but currently live in Fountain Square. I was born in Tennessee and, so far, I have also lived in South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Indiana (obviously).


What do you love about Indy?

I love that I was able to sell my car several years ago and now use IndyGo, Lyft, or my feet to get from point A to point B.


What concerns you in or about Indy and the way it is growing?

In my neighborhood I have seen several multi-unit rentals and small apartment buildings get turned into enormous, single-family owned homes and it concerns me. There are people who have rented in my neighborhood for many years and work in the nearby restaurants who are being pushed out of the neighborhood, further and further away from where they work. This does not seem like an improvement to me.


What attracted you to your specific VISTA position?

I am interested in the way that people communicate and how to communicate productively. It isn’t always obvious or intuitive how best to inform people so that everyone understands or takes action.


What is something related to your specific VISTA position that you are really excited about or looking forward to doing?

I’m not sure that I can think of a single thing. I have been enjoying meeting new people, taking photos, and learning more about Indy’s near Eastside.


Who is a person that inspires you? Why and how does that affect how you live your life?

I have met so many people throughout my life that have inspired me it is difficult to choose one. I have always admired my grandparents, who immigrated to the U.S. when they were teenagers. They faced many obstacles throughout their lives and always stressed to me the importance of education and being active in the community that you live in.


Tell me something about you that would surprise most people.

When I was 7 years old, I hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, with my parents and no, they did not carry me.

Next week you’ll read answers to these questions from our final VISTA, Mary Clanton with Buy IndyEast.