Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet the Child Care Council Staff

Introducing Amie C.

Belinda @ Kids Matter

After interviewing Amie, I can assure you the picture above represents her very well. Amie, a Claims Specialist serving all of Kentucky, has been employed by the CCC since July 1, 2009. She said she got her start in child care assistance when a former coworker told her of an opening while she was working for a pallet company and a home improvement store. She said, “I quit my job at the pallet company, and eventually quit my other part-time job to work for CCAP and another social services organization part time. I had the opportunity to move to Covington, in 2009, and work in the Kenton County office. I moved up there, only knowing a handful of people but, decided I needed a fresh start. I lived there for a year and a half, and then moved down to Lexington to work at our central office.”

When asked about her job she replied, “The one thing I love about my job, well, is really everything! I like how the CCC is like a family. We are a huge family now; we just keep growing! I like how management takes an interest in your personal life, asks how you and your family are doing, and they know you by name. We aren’t just another employee to them. They care about our well-being and it shows every day. If I weren’t working in CCAP, I would want to be a speech pathologist. I have always wanted to learn and teach sign language.”

Amie has a twin sister, Jamie, who is also employed with the CCC. She told me a funny story about when they were in middle school that I just have to share. “We were in 7th grade, I think. Everyone had just gotten their yearbooks and I wanted to see both of our pictures. Well… whoever worked on the yearbook that year, evidently couldn’t tell us apart, and they used the same picture for both of us!” She said there are many more funny stories like that!

Amie grew up in Paris, KY. Her family moved to Mt. Sterling, KY when she was 10 years old, then moved to Owingsville, KY when she was 14. She graduated from Bath County High School in 1997 then graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She was trying to fulfill her dream of becoming a radio DJ. She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and made many friends who she still remains in contact with today.

When Amie is not working, you can usually find her at home running around in gym shorts, T-shirt, and flip flops. She stated she absolutely hates closed toe shoes. She lives with her girlfriend, also named Amy, and they spend quality time traveling, camping, attending concerts, and yes, even meeting celebrities such as Wynonna Judd, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, and Sophia Bush. Amie is an avid sports enthusiast supporting the UK Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bengals. She laughed when she said, “I usually have no clue what is going on, but I do like to cheer for the teams.”

Amie has a funny, sweet, and understanding personality; she contributes her mother with being who she has become at this point in her life. She says her mom has, “…taught me strength, courage, and how to stay strong during any situation.” Amie has two sisters, two brothers, three nephews, one niece and another niece on the way. Since she doesn’t plan to have children of her own, she plans on doing everything she can to spoil those nieces and nephews.
I asked about her most favorite vacation. She replied, “I went to Myrtle Beach this past May for my girlfriend’s 40th birthday; it was probably one of the most relaxing vacations ever. We had an ocean front view and the beach wasn’t very crowded.  It was just nice to get away for a week.” The picture above is from that vacation. As you can see, she had a great time. We should all just get away once in a while. Wouldn’t that be so relaxing?

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