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10 Questions with Ellis Senior MSS, Tracey Andrews

1. How long have you been at KSBBBS? 
Off and on since 2007! 2007-2012, 2014-2016, 2018-present

2. What’s your favorite part of your job?
Meeting people! You get to meet people from every walk of life. Also- I love match support! I love to hear what the matches are doing together, the excitement of the Littles, and the changes the Bigs get to see in their Little. 

3. Who’s your mentor and why?
My parents! They have been a role model to me in so many aspects of my life. They have been married for almost 50 years (there is something to be said about that), neither are afraid of hard work, and both have a strong faith.

4. What’s something we would be surprised to know about you?
I am/have double first cousins- Google it! Long story short- My parents got married and then their siblings (both middle children) got married. So.. 2 brothers (Kroeger boys) married 2 sisters (Rupp girls) and I am the offspring! My sister and my double first cousins look a lot alike!

5. What’s your favorite memory at KSBBBS?
Totally non-work related, I love to scare people in the office. I will hide in small spaces, pop out of places, or bang on objects to make people jump. Work-related, The Duck Derby. This fundraiser brings the whole community together. At this event we have Big/Littles, sponsors, and community members all in one place. It’s amazing to see everyone come together for one reason- the kids. (Also $10,000.. but it’s for the kids) 

6. If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! I’m guilty of being an overthinker, I analyze conversations, and worry about situations that may never happen.

7. What’s your best job hack?
Not really a hack, but find a great work family! I’m lucky enough to work with people who are funny, supportive, and love food! When it’s been a tough day- they are there to pick you up, brush you off, and feed you tacos!

8. Name one thing on your bucket list.
Refinish a cedar chest sitting in my basement. It’s been there for almost 5+ years. I need to get it done already.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
This too shall pass. It’s a nice reminder that not every day will be hard and to take one day at a time.

10. What are you most proud of accomplishing in your life?
My family-- Nate and Nora. We have been married for almost 15 years and raising a pre-teen. The life I have is pretty great!

Tracey is such an important part of our team! She works hard to provide the best support to the children, families, and volunteers she is working with each day. She has such a caring spirit, always doing what she can to help others in all aspects of her life. She is also a great prankster, and keeps us laughing! - Jenny Bates, Ellis Area Director