Born at St John's Hospital, in 1962, we lived in Wellston till I was 4 then moved to Hillsdale
on 67th St. for the remainder of my childhood. I graduated Normandy Senior High in 1980. My most influential teachers were
my 1st grade, 6th grade, and World History-Mr. Masterson.
My dad was a laborer for the Teamster's Local 688, many a vacation was spent at Camp Pevely,
my love of Horses came from there. My mom was a Homemaker, till the later 70's, then when she did go to work it was with Landmark
Bank in Wellston-now known as Regions. She moved to St. Ann shortly after she began working for the Division of
Family Services, on Page, where she retired from about 6 yrs ago. My grandmother, spent her entire career working
with the General's, at the Federal Record Center Building on Page.
In high school I played 4 yrs of Volleyball, did Shot Putt & Discus Throw for Track, and
was manager for the Basketball Team(5'4"), I sang high soprano in the choir...Our marching band got to march in the Orange
Bowl Parade, and the choir got to sing in the Daytona Band Shell on Daytona Beach, Fl.
As a child, we spent most of our time shopping at Northwest Plaza-"The biggest and the Best"-if
anyone remembers that theme song. NWP use to be the largest mall in the United States at one time. We ate many a meals in
the old Woolworth's Cafeteria-I loved that BBQ sandwich.
My 1st job was an Asst. Dispatcher for the Hillsdale Police Dept. at 15 1/2- a summer program
the City of Hillsdale participated in, for the youth.
My favorite job as a teenager though had to be working for the Airway Twin Drive-In. This St.
Ann favorite use to be located, where our Shop n Save is now. The people who lived in the house at the back of the drive-in
use to take care of it after hours and quite a few of our St. Ann Police Officers got their start in security patroling the
drive-in, kicking out the kids caught hiding in the trunks and keeping the customers safe. What great memories I have from
working there. It was a sad day, when myself & fellow employees had to clean up for the last time at Airway, we sent her
out right though at the end of the night lighting up the bill board & entry way-that we now enjoy nightly as the "Airway
Girl" (Shop n Save) sign.
My best friend met her 1st husband there, and prior to meeting my own husband, I resided with
them here in St. Ann on Krem Ct.
I knew then that this was the area I wanted to bring my own kids up in someday and when I met
my, "Mr. Dream Come True......" that is exactly what we have done.
Our concerns then,(I should say mine as my husband graduated Ritenour) were only
the school district as the home we located was perfect & of course, I was a Normandy grad. (When I was in school Normandy
& Ritenour were at the top of the ladder in school's to attend-and we were very competitive against each other-anyone
remember the Wagon Wheel game?)
We checked out Ritenour and were quite happy with all the information we learned about them,
and still are.
We moved in April 7th, of 1992. Which is kinda funny as i started work with the Airway Drive-In on April
1st as a teen. April seems to be my renewal month, I guess?
When I decided to accept the offer to be a Crew Chief with Wendy's Restaurant on Page, I had
no idea it would develop into my career for the next 23 yrs. Most do not consider the fast food manager to be a very educated
position. However, in my time with Wendy's and Hardee's, I attended many Management Training Courses, etc...Being the General
Manager, is exactly like running your own business. One has to develop and meet their own Profit and Loss Statement's(budgets),
figure out how to make a profit through proper management of Labor cost's, Food cost's, Repairs & Maintenance, Utilities,
etc...The GM must track and maintain their own Inventory, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable, they are held accountable
for their Human Resource skills- hiring, turnover rate, proper paperwork/personel manual and signage, etc...We are met with
Health Inspections Quarterly, Fire Inspections, etc... I even learned alot about Equipment Maintenance thru talking to my
repair men, and Pest Control talking to the guy who performed this for me. This job was quite the challenge and very
fun it incorporated everything, I loved...Math, Staying Busy, People, -unfortunately an ankle injury(triple break) ended my
ability to continue in this field-as if one is to do the job properly, I would compare it to being a Tennis player, constantly
switching motion left-right, forward-backward on your feet all day and the ankle just could not handle that any longer. (that's what i get for trying to show off, on my daughter's 1st Kindergarten skate night) I get the same rewards
in what I do now, just not quite as much running around.
My family, you see them above- 2 beautiful daughters and a husband who is supportive and that
I Love with all my heart.
My oldest will start college next year and on Jan. 27, 2011 signed with Kentucky
Christian University to play as their Libero on their Volleyball Team. Her choice of career: Early Childhood Education.
My youngest is in 8th grade, her teacher's tell me she will probably be a counselor/psychologist when she grows up because
she always likes to help everyone else, even at a cost to herself. She too would like to play Volleyball in college and currently
has her goals set on making Ritenour's Varsity team next year. She's quite the little setter...and her teammates voted her
Captain, this season. As I said above, my husband is "My Dream Come True..." ask me sometime and I will tell you the story,
but it is too long to place here. However, Yes he is the 2nd cousin of the St. Louis City-Mayor
Poelker, who is probably best known for his days as Comptroller of St. Louis City. Pretty much, if the last
name of someone you may know is Poelker, they are related to us.
I don't know how much more you may want to hear about my life, but as you can tell, I
have spent most of it here in St. Ann-one way or another-which is why I care so much to attempt to assist
in it's revival.
I am not going to pretend like I know
exactly what to do, but I will use my past experiences and your advice/questions/concerns-to guide my way thru it.
I will not be a politician. You cannot say one thing and do another in my book. And if I don't know something I am not afraid
to admit it, but I will follow up with someone that does know the answer.
A good leader does not need to know all the answers...but they do
have to know how to find them. I was once afraid to coach volleyball, i knew how to play it, but not coach it. One
of St. Ann's prior swim coaches taught me how to coach it, and now I have my own club... Thanx