Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Goshen near Goshen General Hospital on River Vista Drive.
What schools did you attend?
I went to Waterford Elementary, Towncrest Junior High and Bethany Christian High School. I graduated in 1989. I then went on to get my A.A. in liberal arts at Hesston College (Hesston, Kan.) in 1991 and my bachelor of arts in accounting at Bluffton College (Bluffton, Ohio) in 1993.
What is your fondest memory of the Goshen community?
I loved growing up in the hospital neighborhood. It was full of friendly people and fun places to explore. My best friend and I used to explore the Witmer Woods, ride our bikes in the Yoder Culp Funeral Home parking lot, get snacks from the vending machines at the hospital, skip rocks on the river down by the dam, and had a secret club that met under the pine tree in one of our neighbor’s yards. I always felt safe and knew that our neighbors were people I could count on if I ever needed anything.
Describe the essence of Goshen
The essence of the Goshen community is that it strives to improve quality of life for those who live there now and for those who will be a part of the community in the future. I don’t live in Goshen anymore, but I know that those who are still there are constantly working to improve things — whether it be by building the new tunnel under the railroad tracks at Goshen College or continuing to revitalize the downtown with events like First Fridays.
What is Goshen’s best kept secret?
I know it was on “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives,” so it doesn’t count as a secret, but The South Side Soda Shop is one of the best little places to eat around! I love their egg salad on white bread and make sure to have at least one lunch there any time I am back in the Goshen area.
Is there anything else you’d like to say about what Goshen has meant to you over the years?
I will always be proud to say that I am from Goshen. I appreciate the deep sense of values and personal worth that growing up there gave me. I love coming “home” to visit and running into people I know all over town. Goshen really is a great place!