What I do at FresYes: I assist Jason Farris with streamlining existing processes and launching new projects.
Grew up in: Fresno!
Attended school at: I am a recent graduate of Fresno State with a Bachelor’s in Community Benefit Administration and Public Policy. I am also a proud recipient of the Humanics Certificate.
Family: I am married to a wonderful, hard-working man named Stephen. He’s an Eagle Scout who loves gardening, woodworking, and bird-watching.
What FresYes means to me: FresYes is all about saying YES to what makes Fresno great and NO to all of the haters. It’s about loving the city that gives you everything you need in life to be fulfilled, happy, and connected with others. It’s about culture, art, and food! Most of all it’s about helping individuals and families find their dream home, plant roots, and grow!
Favorite Fresno landmark: Without a doubt, it has to be Christmas Tree Lane. Every year I love to soak in the magic of Christmas surrounded by the tall pines and beautifully colored lights. Not many people know that our Christmas Tree Lane is actually the longest in the world. Just another reason to love living in Fresno!
Favorite place to get a drink in Fresno area: I am super excited about the Lanna Coffee/Ampersand Ice Cream hybrid coffee shop that is taking over the old Mia Cuppa space in the Tower. It’s literally all my dreams come true. If I am not at work, I will probably be there.
Favorite thing to do on the weekend: My favorite relaxation activity is hanging out with family and friends and playing board games. We especially like Settlers of Catan – Star Trek version (nerd alert!), Phase 10, and Bananagrams.
Favorite non-Fresno destination: If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would definitely be Italy. Two reasons; I’m part Italian, and I eat pasta like the world is running out of pasta. Realistically though, I like to visit my husband’s home town, Brawley, CA. It’s a tiny little town about 30 minutes north of the Mexican border, smack dab in the middle of the California portion of the Sonora Desert. It’s practically made of dust and smells like the beef processing plant that operates just outside of town, but something about it feels like home. Maybe it’s the special quesadillas. Maybe it’s the fact that the people there have managed to transform a desert into one of the the most productive agricultural regions in the world (even if means they now have a shrinking, landlocked saltwater sea). Or maybe it’s the fact that it’s always hotter than the surface of the sun.
Cake or pie: Dutch apple pie, a la mode.