Dana Given - Money Q&A

November 04, 2002

Resume: Executive director, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

Chairwoman, Chamber's Business Education Partnership.

Chairwoman, Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas.

Board member, Greencastle-Antrim Area Development Corp.

Board member, Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Organizer, Women's Retreat for Antrim Brethren In Christ.

Committee member, Greencastle Old Home Week.

General Advisory Committee member, Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

Born: Aug. 19, 1965.

Children: Drew, 12, and Nick, 11.


Education: Martinsburg Christian Academy, class of 1983; Royal Conservatory of Music and Drama in Lake Wales, Fla.

Mentor: Carole Fries, vice president of marketing and public relations at Menno Haven Retirement Communities. "I worked with Carole for seven years, during which time she taught me everything I know about marketing and public relations. She expected a lot, challenged me to grow outside my comfort zone and think 'outside the box' and she constantly explained the rationale behind what she was doing and why."

Favorite part of your job: "Planning special events."

Least favorite part of your job: "Being a bill collector."

Biggest challenge of your job: "Not having enough hours in my day to pursue all the projects that I like to get involved in."

Fantasy job: "A travel guide to exotic foreign places or a Broadway actress."

Favorite music: Older Broadway musicals as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals; The Temptations and The Beach Boys; contemporary Christian music; and some country.

Favorite car: 1965 red convertible Mustang.

Car you drive: 1998 Chevy Venture minivan.

Last book read: "The Five Love Languages of Teenagers" by Gary Chapman.

Last movie seen: "The Tuxedo."

Favorite TV show: "The West Wing."

Hobbies: "Drama, scrapbooking, reading, walking, spending time with friends and square dancing."

Favorite quote: " 'Never, never, think you can't make a difference!' Author unknown."

What was your first job? "My first job was a waitress at Word of Life camp in Schroon Lake, N.Y." She turned 17 that summer.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he envisioned how life should be for his people and motivated others to make a stand against extreme opposition, at a time in history when taking a stand for Civil Rights could mean your life and, of course, it ultimately did cost him his life."

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