Let’s get to know Carisa Turner, Director of Communications & Public Relations at Roswell Inc.
Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Creative. Inquisitive. Driven.
Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: When I’m not at Roswell Inc, you can usually find me reading a book. I also like taking walks with my husband, and really anything that has me spending time with family and friends. I love watching my daughter grow up, playing with her, and seeing the world through her eyes.
Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: This is a hard one for me, because I would love to travel the entire world. If I had to pick, I would love to tour South America, with some very significant time in Argentina. I want to drink the wine, walk through and explore the city and learn to tango.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I am a songwriter. I have been playing piano since I was about four, and started writing music when I was 13 and have been doing it ever since. I actually have recorded and released a couple songs over the years. Songwriting is one of my biggest passions in life.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a reporter. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved writing and have always been intrigued by investigating and uncovering stories. When I was in 5th grade, I started a community newspaper where I would write stories and distribute it to the neighborhood kids. There was something really powerful to me about being a reporter and helping share and uncover stories. I think it’s really cool that I get to do that, in a sense, with Roswell Inc, as a sort of in-house reporter.
Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I’m kind of practical, so I would bring sunscreen, a journal and some books I’ve wanted to read.
Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I think I would go back and see who my ancestors were. I think it would really cool to meet my great grandparents, and even my great-great grandparents, and be able to talk with them about their histories and stories.
Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like the ability to read minds. It would have to be something where I was able to turn it on and off, though, because it would be a lot to always be hearing people’s thoughts.
Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: What makes me the happiest, outside family, friends and things like that, would be traveling. I really love traveling, and it’s even better when you do it with the people you love.
Q: What would be your best advice?
A: The thing I find myself telling people most of the time is that sometimes you have to say “no” to good things in life in order to say “yes” to and accomplish the great things. It’s all about prioritizing and making space in your life for the things that are most important to you.
Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I oversee and lead all communications efforts for the organization.
Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I get to tell stories about what we do.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I am fascinated by the power of communication and the ability that it has to build trust with people and help an organization flourish. Being able to provide helpful, timely and compelling information that informs people, influences them and can really accomplish change in society … that’s a really cool thing.
Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: My favorite event would be the state of the city event that we do each year. I like that it’s the one time of year where all the community leaders are there, and you’re talking about where you’ve been, where you’re going, and casting a vision for the future.