Scattered Site (Lake City Dwellings)
My family and I resided under the care of the Housing Authority (HACE) throughout my childhood. I have very fond memories of the well-maintained, quaint home I grew up in, with six of my siblings and parents. I recall learning to ride a bike out in the front of our home and believing that one of my greatest life’s accomplishments would be making that sidewalk corner cut, without having to slow down or stop. It was a much simpler time and as I’ve grown up I’ve come to appreciate and miss the simplicity of just finding happiness and joy over just about anything and being all in one place with the entire family.
I had an unforgettable experience interning in the main Housing Authority office with some truly inspiring people, who have built the foundation of what I know today about giving back, being completely selfless, and genuinely caring about others without expecting anything in return. I had initial fears of working in an office. I was young and had no experience, but they welcomed me in and treated me with nothing but kindness. I was told endless stories about the memories they shared and I could tell immediately that there was a bond greater than just business here. I loved the feeling of familiarity and what I could only parallel as that same feeling of being amongst family. I believe the first growth opportunity I had under HACE, was gaining a deeper understanding of what success was; success wasn’t defined by how high you can rise independently but rather by having purpose and being part of a bigger plan.
I was very fortunate to also be a recipient of the Tullio Scholarship for several years, which was crucial for surviving my undergraduate years at the University of Pittsburgh; I graduated with a joint degree of Mathematics and Economics in 2010. I went on to complete my MBA degree in 2016, with a concentration in management of information systems and business analytics. During my graduate studies, I worked at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center (UPMC) where I was focused on the data/IT aspects of research. I switched industries, from health care to energy, during my final year of graduate studies. In 2016, I moved to Houston, TX for a job opportunity in the energy sector. I am a Director of IT, Products and Technology. On a more personal note, I love traveling (mostly international) and food (mostly dessert). I recently hiked in several National Parks.
I have never forgotten where I come from and the people who have inspired me to be a better version of myself during my formative years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I have had because of HACE and the people whose paths I was lucky enough to cross.