Vice President of Customer Service, Athenium Analytics
Birthplace: Curacao, Netherland Antilles
Family: Husband, John Arnold; daughters, Maybelle (2) and Madaket (5 months in January)
High school: James Wood High School in Winchester, Va.
College/post grad degrees: Bachelor of Science in Meteorology; Minor in Mathematics; Metropolitan State University of Denver
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Do what you love for a career and you’ll never spend a day at ‘work.’
Why did you choose your profession?
I saw my first severe thunderstorm and tornado when I was 5 years old. I had just moved to Colorado from the Caribbean. I was completely fascinated and knew from that moment I would forever be involved with the weather.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the help of others. I was failing math in seventh grade and would have never been a meteorologist had I not overcome that hurdle with the help of my family, friends and teachers (and all the math hurdles that followed!). I don’t want any kid to miss out on their dream when they just need a little help.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Keeping an open mind about your career is more important than you ever would imagine. That “stepping stone” of a job may be the best thing to ever happen to you and become long term, and your dream job may not be as great as you think it will be. You don’t know until you try, so try it all, and keep an open mind.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
New Hampshire has it all: four true seasons, the ocean and mountains ... it’s a dream place to live and work and raise a family. It needs more employers, more start-ups, more people willing to take a chance and try something new.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Exactly what I’m doing now, but on a larger scale. I want kids all over the country, not just in New Hampshire, to know they too can be good at math or science and their dream job is out there.
Volunteer activities: I give STEM talks and keynote presentations across New England with organizations such as Women in Science and Engineering, Jr. Tech, OLLI, etc. I have programs on Weather 101, my unusual path to my unique career, helping kids find their career through their passions, and my story of overcoming a failing grade in math to loving it and using it every day. I’m also an American Meteorological Society member and volunteer on two of their committees.
Last major achievement: Building and delivering a large STEM outreach program with 10 of my amazing coworkers. We were able to show over 300 kids that careers in programming, analytics, and data science can be really fun and exciting. They loved it!