KVMR seems to pull the best folks, from all walks of life, and our Business Manager is certainly no exception. If you haven’t met Julie yet, you’re in for a treat. Her joyful demeanor and hysterical sense of humor are a wonderful addition to our KVMR family. Not only is she a terrific companion for a stroll to the post office, she is rather qualified as well. She holds a CPA and an MBA, and has had years of experience wrangling finances at a number of, most recently, non-profit organizations.
Even better than that—she has a background in radio, having worked as the Director of Finance at Capital Public Radio for 8 years, and she has listened to and loved KVMR for a long time. She tells me that when she originally moved to California from Texas in 1994—she put 35,000 miles on her car in one year during a sabbatical from work, driving from Sacramento to Nevada City. In fact, she always said she would move here when her kids finished school, and what do you know, the dream came true!
Julie could easily pass as a lifelong Californian—the only thing that even remotely rings of Texan heritage is her catchy accent. Although, she does admit she comes from a rather long line of staunch republicans, she adds with “black sheep” relief, that her folks did in fact vote for Obama.
Other than that, it is quite clear that Julie has long been immersed in the ways of Nevada City-ites. She has studied at the Dry Creek Herb Farm in Auburn, and practiced with a shaman in the area as well. She plays African conga drums with a local Nevada City group that she used to perform with in Sacramento. Her easy demeanor alludes to her meditative tendencies, which she confirmed when she confessed to having spent many hours sitting on her buckwheat-filled cushion at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre and she is looking forward to reconnecting with Mountain Stream Meditation Center in Nevada City.
Little know facts: Julie calls herself a pescatarian, a fish eating vegetarian, who claims that yes, fish too have feelings, and yes, she is aware of the impact on the ocean. She secretly loves the fact that she can be on-line ordering books at 2 a.m. in bed, with her Kindle... her favorite electronic device. With a reading-writing tendency, she is also prone to creative moments.
Her last haiku:
You bring heat to my cool blood.
Warrior on the loose"
is just an example of such random moments. She wishes she could play her favorite game, Word Salad, with the Dalai Lama. And as a human, her biggest annoyance is, by far, the random firings of her own untamed monkey mind, to which there seems to be little relief from her mother’s most insightful observation that Julie, in fact, thinks too much.
Well, Julie, you are in good company here, at KVMR, we all seem to think too much about everything, but we abound with creative energy, and have no lack of curiosity for the world. We are grateful to have found another like-species, and welcome you with open arms.By Briana Ezzle, KVMR Development Associate