My day job is Executive Director for Chrysalis. We create and support individualized vocational and work-related opportunities for those with mental health diagnoses. We believe the right support, and focus on an individual’s preferences and strengths, can help people gain successful employment. This, in turn, can play a critical role in mental health recovery.
My most memorable caffeine is the coffee I find myself consuming as a new mom. I was never a coffee drinker before my son arrived, but now I’ve found that a bit of caffeine is very helpful. I don’t need much—maybe a cup a day.
My current caffeine of choice is coffee with a lot of milk or cream. And I’ve found it easier to drink it iced—it’s almost like a shake.
My favorite place for caffeine is Batch Bakerhouse on Willy Street. It’s close to our office and our whole staff often goes there together. It’s a nice way to get away from the office and we like supporting a local business—and they’ve been quite supportive of us too.
The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Nancy Christy, who used to own Wilson’s Grill and Kennedy Manor—where she was known for employing disabled people—and now runs Meaningful People, Places & Food. This is a consulting firm for food-related businesses, including social enterprises. Nancy was incredibly helpful to us when we recently launched a business—Chrysalis PopWorks Pops, fruit popsicles we sell at farmers’ markets. When I have coffee with Nancy, there’s always so much to learn—and there’s never enough time!
World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: the stigma we attach to people who are different than we are. We have so many preconceived notions about people of different abilities, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic levels. But if we took the time to sit down and have a conversation, we’d discover what each person has to offer.