22 Feb Employee Spotlight: Christina Karnatz
WHAT IS YOUR NAME? Christina Elizabeth Thomas Karnatz
WHAT POSITION DO YOU HOLD AT MOUNT SEQUOYAH? Director of Development
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE ORGANIZATION? Two months; December 4, 2017 start date
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING FOR MOUNT SEQUOYAH? Besides being a beautiful environment to work in every day, it brings so much value to our town and our region. There are very few places that have the history that Mount Sequoyah has, let alone the natural setting in the middle of the city! I am a Fayetteville girl and representing this Fayetteville institution and destination is awesome.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING BUT EXCITING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB? Mount Sequoyah is going through a transition. The organization is currently working to figure out what the it needs to be in order to best serve the community. It is challenging because there isn’t a formula for this work, but it is so exciting because we can pretty much do anything we want to do as long as the community is supportive.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? Exercising, relaxing with my family, and being outside.
FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT? New York City or the beach
WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I Jazzercise and LOVE it!!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE / MOTTO? Go placidly amid the noise and haste.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING YOU HAVE DONE IN THE LAST YEAR? Coming to work for Mount Sequoyah! And going to San Francisco for the first time.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE / LINE FROM A MOVIE? “It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.” Breakfast at Tiffany’s
WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE? Audrey Hepburn or Meryl Streep
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Anyone dealing with adversity; we are so quick to judge these days and sometimes I need to work on my compassion. Or Oprah, because she’s Oprah.
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Right here in Fayetteville! No really, I love it here. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. Most amenities are right here or just a stone’s throw away. Northwest Arkansas has arts, food, and entertainment but you can be in the middle of nowhere or a decent sized city in no time. I live on 80 acres on the outskirts of town and there is nowhere else I’d rather be than my front porch. We live on the same property as my parents and I love that my kids can grow up with them so close. With all that being said, I also need to travel a couple of times a year! We love to visit just about anywhere as long as it offers good food and a different environment. I do wish flights out of XNA were a bit cheaper!
WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BAND? Music is almost always on in my house, but I do not have a favorite band. Too many good ones to choose just one.