I was born and raised in Miami and earned a finance degree from the University of Florida. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Charlotte to begin my banking career. While I originally started my career in corporate finance, I moved into corporate banking in 2007 and haven’t looked back! Now I work in PNC’s asset backed finance group as a Trade Receivables Securitization product specialist, where I’ve been for the past 1.5 years. I am the mother of fraternal twin boys, Jack and Davis, who turned 7 this year. My sister, Lisa, also lives in Charlotte as well as my in-laws (my husband is a rare Charlottean – born and raised here). In June 2019 I graduated from Leadership Charlotte (Class 40!) and am currently planning the Arts & Culture Day for Class 41.
I have almost no dance experience, but in 2009, my husband and I decided to take lessons for our first dance at our wedding. We hired a professional choreographer to help us learn a Dancing with the Stars-style swing dance. We danced to Natalie Cole’s This Will Be an Everlasting Love, and it’s one of my most favorite memories ever!
When I’m not dancing with James, we’re typically found shuttling the boys to baseball practice, or swim class. When I have down time I can be found practicing yoga, exercising, reading, or cooking a yummy meal for the family.
Fun Facts About myself:
In 2016 I was randomly selected from the audience by Ben Ingel to participate on stage during Charlotte Ballet’s live performance of Minus 16! I was shocked to experience the show from the stage but also elated by how much fun and unexpected it was! Ever since then, I’ve thought it would be fun to participate in Dancing with the Stars. I also serve on the Charlotte Ballet Board of Trustees and am currently Treasurer.
Why am I participating in this Event?
I love a personal development challenge, but having two kids and a demanding job doesn’t provide enough of a challenge, so I thought performing with a professional dancer was in order. As a bonus I get to have fun and support two great causes (Charlotte Ballet & READ Charlotte).
Last year as a first grader, one of my boys was behind grade level for reading. Thanks to the helpful framework provided by READ Charlotte and their related volunteer network, my son received extra tutoring and opportunities for development. He is now reading on grade level as a second grader and our family is very grateful. Beyond my family’s personal experience, I am a huge believer in READ Charlotte’s mission and feel that their work is sorely needed in our communities. Literacy is the foundation of education, and reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.