Staff Profile: Mary Katherine McCoy
Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Attentive. Caring. Authentic.
Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: You will find me most likely doing something outdoors with my dog or catching up with friends and family. My favorite part about the weekends is getting to reconnect and share experiences with the most important people in my life.
Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: I would have to say backpacking across Europe. Seeing as I have a love for the outdoors and new experiences, I think an adventurous vacation, like backpacking, would encompass some of my favorite passions.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: For roughly four years I worked as a freelance hairstylist, mostly for weddings. I’ve always found it rewarding to make bridal parties feel their best on such an important day.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I can’t completely remember what I wanted to be as a child, but in high school I recall wanting to be a therapist. I’ve always been decent at active listening and have found it easy to engage in difficult or in-depth conversations with people. Even though I don’t plan on ever pursuing a career in therapy, I do enjoy connecting with people and making them feel heard and appreciated.
Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: This might sound cliché, but I would bring a good book to pass the time, a LifeStraw water filter just in case, and my dog because she’s easy to relax with.
Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would hands down want to have empathic perception. I find human emotions completely fascinating and would love to be able to alter and feel the emotions of others.
A: Happiness, to me at least, isn’t one tangible item or act. I can feel happy when giving a gift, getting a sweet text, or simply treating myself to an iced coffee. Not to sound sappy, but emotions are fleeting … so you must find small samples of joy in everything.
Q: What would be your best advice?
A: My best advice is to protect your time and be intentional with it. People often fail to see that time easily escapes us. Each day you have the choice to use your 24 hours with a purpose. I try not to focus too long thinking about the past or future but continuing in the moment that is currently happening.
Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: That’s a hard decision … I would have to choose between the 60s or 70s. This period had a great deal of radical global change, which I would have loved to witness firsthand. Plus, I have an undying love for the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, and retro fashion.
Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I help support the office with administrative tasks, while also assisting with communication efforts for the organization.
Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I’m a lot like a mom or dad where I make sure the home is all taken care of, and I also help with telling the story of our organization.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I get to be a part of everyone’s work day, and this makes me feel like I’m completely integrated with the mission and goals of our organization. Also, I love getting to play a role in how our community views us while getting to tell our story.
Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: I love the Coffee Connects. An event like that jump starts your morning with a cup of coffee and a great group of people. What more could you ask for on a work day?