20 Questions

Kelsey Castrey

  1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Compassionate, kind, and energetic
  2. What draws you to nonprofit work? My passion to be a servant to God’s children.
  3. What was the last piece of art (book, music, movie, etc) that moved you, and why? I once read a book during the darkest time in my life that had the cheesiest title – I’m not even going to share it – but it was the highlight of that summer and helped me come out of that dark period. A transformation story.
  4. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? Chuck E. Cheese. I started as a birthday hostess and moved into the birthday coordinator position while learning to manage employees, excel in customer service, and organizing chaos. I tend to thrive under pressure and still use those experiences in my work today, especially in event management.  
  5. To be successful, what’s the most important skill a professional should develop? Honesty & patience. Even if they don’t come natural, I do believe they can be learned.
  6. Who makes you laugh the hardest? My son. As a baby, he would make the funniest facial expressions and now that he’s 3, his goal is to make me laugh. He reminds me to relax and use laughter as a stress reliever.
  7. What was the worst purchase you’ve ever made? A TV that broke two weeks later. Electronics are not my thing.
  8. Dogs or cats? I prefer cats but I have the most wonderful family dog!
  9. Beatles or Elvis? Elvis
  10. Who do you call first with good news? My best friend.
  11. Who has most impacted your professional life? Patti Westby, Lisa Capeloto, and Megan Dixon. Three of the best women on this planet.
  12. What was your first record, CD, or cassette you bought? Cassette Tape: Britney Spears
  13. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? My son. By far, the coolest experience ever meeting someone.
  14. Favorite Holiday? Christmas
  15. What travel experience has most influenced your life? Costa Rica: I did two mission trips in college and one of them was a turning point for me.
  16. What inspires you to do your best work? The possibility of changing lives for the better and ultimately knowing my strengths can strengthen someone else.
  17. How do you restore your energy when you’re feeling worn down or burnt out? Exercise or being in nature with my son or going to the river or pool to relax. I also love me a good bagel with cream cheese in bed!
  18. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? Maya Angelou
  19. If a movie was made of your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? Julia Roberts. She has the red curly hair, contagious laughter, and spunk!
  20. Favorite movie quote? It’s from 10 Things I Hate About You. “I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

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