Stephanie is a self-proclaimed “long-time fan” of I Pour Life who joined our team in June as our Operations Coordinator. We are so excited to have her in our family and wanted you to get to know her, so we asked her a few questions! Check out her answers below.

How did you hear about I Pour Life?

I started hearing about I Pour Life a few years ago through people at my church, including Julie Neal, who knew I was passionate about women’s and youth empowerment. Then, in 2016, my husband Andy and I took our first trip to Kore, Ethiopia, and our lives were forever changed.

After working here for a few weeks, what has been the easiest and hardest part?

The easiest thing has been fitting in with the team; we have an amazing crew here and it’s been so fun getting to know each one of them personally. The hardest thing has been just getting my head wrapped around everything we do as an organization, it’s been incredible to learn all the details, down to the smallest, of how we invest in individuals to help them thrive to their greatest potential.

What is something no one knows about you?

My dad owned an aquarium shop when I was a little kid and we had tons of fish at home, so I have a wealth of fish knowledge and know-how.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

My top bucket list destination right now is Morocco. But, one of my favorite places to visit is France, so that’s one destination that is consistently on the top of the list.

If you could open a restaurant of any kind anywhere in the world, what would it be and what would you sell?

I’ve actually thought about this quite a bit because my Dad and I have always joked that we would open our own restaurant someday. I think it would be a bit of a pop-up style restaurant where we could have limited-run dinners that are themed around different seasons and cuisines of the world. We’d make everything from scratch and use local ingredients as much as possible. We’d also have a killer weekend brunch that would be served family-style.

What has inspired you recently?

I recently read “Half the Sky” and am currently reading “A Path Appears” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Both books are about how we can all do something to help fight poverty and end the injustices of our world. But what really inspired me is that both books center on the thought that “talent is universal; opportunity is not.” This so rings true of all of our I Pour Life programs and has really inspired me to continue doing more, speaking up, and empowering people to their greatest potential no matter where they were born or what labels have been put on them.

What is a book that changed your life?

Oh man, this is a hard one for me. I love to read and have read many books that shaped or changed my life in some way. But, one book I read in high school that’s always seemed to stick with me is “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. In my teenage years, it helped give me perspective on the kind of life I wanted to live and how I would be remembered someday. Now, fair warning here, it’s pretty sappy. So if you pick it up after reading this post, I sincerely hope you like it and please don’t judge me for the overly Hallmark movie-like moments!

What’s your favorite memory?

I don’t have a singular favorite memory, but most of my favorite memories center around experiences I’ve had with the people who are most important to me: family vacations, summers with my Grandparents, traveling with my husband, etc.

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be to fly to Europe and rent a car for a few weeks and drive our way across multiple countries and eating as much as possible.

If you could have dinner with 5 people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Julia Child, Esther from the Bible, Roald Dahl, Malala, and Tina Fey

What is your favorite quote?

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” -Nelson Mandela

You can meet Stephanie by emailing her or stopping by our office!

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