For the first time, we are very excited to shine the employee spotlight on a member of our Wyoming team! If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet her, it is our great pleasure to introduce Justine Whitacre, Associate Director of Program Services.
Q: Where are you from? What area of Colorado are you in now?
A: I’m originally from California, but moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2014
Q: What is your color, based on the Colors training?
A: I’m a green/gold. I forget what that means. On the Meyers-Briggs I’m an INTJ, which is introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging (i.e. very analytical, and procedure oriented).
Q: Tell us about yourself in a nutshell.
A: Some people have said that I can be intimidating upon first meeting me because I’m somewhat reserved until I am able to assess a situation/person; however, I’m not the least bit shy despite my natural introversion. As a child, I wanted to be a pirate, so as an adult I joined the Navy. I’ve always been dedicated to serving others (first with the military, and then in emergency medical services, child protective services, and now with Overture). I also love animals; dogs most especially. I foster children who have been abused, and may eventually adopt; I have even looked in to adopting a child with special needs in the future.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Overture?
A: Everyone is dedicated to helping others in the most efficient and practical ways possible.
Q: What do you most enjoy about your workday?
A: Providing information and resources to those seeking help for themselves or their family members.
Q: When not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
A: I enjoy outdoor activities (i.e. camping, fishing, BBQ’s, target shooting). I am somewhat of a “nerd” in that I love research, and can often be found with a political science/philosophy book nearby. I will proudly admit to being a Star Wars geek, and even have a Jedi costume (not a cheap store bought one, but a COS play one… however, I do not COS play). I also am an avid reader; I’ll read everything from fiction, philosophy, to autobiographies, and academic articles/literature.
Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
A: Freediving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa… or kayaking on Antarctica… hard to pick one.
Q: If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only bring one thing, what would it be?
A: Umm… for fun, or for practical purposes? I’ll answer both… for practical purposes… a tarp; you can transport water, make a shelter, signal for help, fish, use as a blanket, etc. Very practical piece of equipment that is easily carried. For fun… Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations.” It would help keep life in perspective.