My original life plan was to be a CFO or Controller of a national restaurant chain. A handful of pivotal moments changed my trajectory: a major accident in 2011 that resulted in the time off of work to immerse myself in rescue and foster, participation in one of the first Maddie’s Fund Large Dog Foster apprenticeships in Austin in 2015, and a series of events in 2020, not all related to COVID. I have returned to Austin several times since my first visit to APA! and every visit inspires me. I am excited to spend a ton of time on the ground getting to know the people first and helping APA! move through the ambitious strategic plan and I can think of no greater honor than to join the leading team of animal advocates in the nation.