Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Reston, Virginia and lived around Reston and Mclean before attending St. Anne’s-Belfield as a boarding student. That pretty much brought me to Charlottesville, but I took a detour to be a ski bum in Keystone for awhile.
What is your educational background?
UVA CLAS ‘16. I studied creative nonfiction and fiction writing in the APLP and have associate’s degrees in Psych and English.
What do you like to do in your free time?
One hyphenated word: mini-trip. If I have more than 48 hours to myself, I’ll drive up to Nova, or take an under 4 hour flight to somewhere. I just wish Groupon had flights out of CHO.
On evenings after work, I’m usually writing or reading in my bathtub, podcast binging while putting in my treadmill time at ACAC, or hanging out with my dad, who just built a house down the street. I’m also a proponent of long naps, spectacular trivia losses, and DIY projects.
How did you get in to the industry?
I really wanted to be the female Don Draper… But really, I’ve always enjoyed advertising and design. I learned InDesign in a publishing course at UVA, started doing design work on the side, then took an internship with the Charlottesville Guide that turned into my first post-college job. It sort of spiraled from there, and I’ve loved having the opportunity to learn everything I possibly can about marketing
What personal goals do you have for The Tasting Room & Taphouse?
I’d like to see people enjoying themselves, for one. The team has put a lot of love into this launch. I think any time people work through a big project like this, the most natural thing is to want people to love it as much as you do.
Our estate has all the trappings of big life moments- I’d love to see a couple go on a first date to the Tasting Room & Taphouse, get married at The Lodge, and build their dream home in The Farms of Turkey Run. It appeals to the romantic in me.
What is your favorite drink at the moment?
I’ve really been enjoying the Mousseux Sparkling from Veritas recently. I guess I’ve had a lot to celebrate recently! If I’m not in the mood for bubbles, my go-to is a Wasmund’s Rye at the Whiskey Jar, or one of the many sazerac twists at Lost Saint. Or anything from Silverback Distillery, really.
What is your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville on a day off?
Depending on the season, you’ll catch me tailgating in the West Lot, cheering on the Orange and Blue at JPJ (ACC Champs!), or dipping into Special Collections to hear the incredible series of Kapnick speakers and visiting authors that the university attracts. When I’m not on or around grounds, I’m usually taking advantage of, well, the rest of Charlottesville. Find me at the Shebeen on a saturday morning, rooting against Man City, shooting pool at Common House, gasping up Humpback, or kicking some balls around on the soccer field across from my house.