Get To Know The Collage Staff – Julie Brenton
Every so often we like to introduce you to one of our Collage staff members or volunteers to help you get to know them a little bit. During these Q&A blogs we’ll ask them about their role at Collage, their families and we’ll try to give you an inside scoop into their lives to discover their favorite movies, most embarrassing moments or other fun things you’ll find interesting.
This week we want to introduce you to Julie Brenton, one of our board members and a volunteer patient advocate.
Thanks Julie for taking the time to answer a few questions for us that will help our blog readers get to know you a little bit. First question, what is your favorite thing about working at Collage?
All the candy they leave around in little bowls….just kidding! I have never been somewhere where I feel like I am growing and changing at such a rapid pace. I love that about Collage.
We are all about the candy at Collage. Would you share a little about your educational and professional background?
I have an Elementary Education Degree from the University of Kansas. While I have taught 5th grade in the past I am not currently doing so. My husband and I joined the staff of CRU right after college and worked with them full-time for 18 years. We then made a change and joined the staff of a church. I am currently a pastor’s wife in Grand Island.
What do you enjoy doing outside your role as pastor’s wife and your work with Collage?
I love to sew curtains and create beauty out of fabric any way I can. I like shopping at thrift stores and reading and of course playing with grandkids.
Speaking of grandkids, I see you have embraced that role fully, even slipping in a photo of two of them with the blog post. Well done! Would you tell us a little about your family?
My husband Dan and I have been married almost 32 years and we have 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. We moved all over the place during our marriage and while raising our family. Now I have kids who live in Texas, California and soon to be Alabama.
With kids and grandkids all over the country, what is it about Central Nebraska that keeps you here?
I just love the mid-west. I love 4 seasons, the cold, the people, no humidity (compared to other places we have lived.) The people in the Midwest are NOT “fluffy.” They are simple, down to earth and hard-working. Very refreshing.
We’re going to change things up a bit and ask some questions that will help us get to know the real Julie. What is your favorite TV show or Movie?
TV Show: Parenthood (So incredibly sad it is now over.)
Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Both of those have great stories and lessons, and it is sad that Parenthood is over. but we don’t want to focus on sad, so what are some things that make you really happy?
Charlotte, Cooper and Brenton. (My grandkids)
Looking out my back window and seeing the perfectly ordered corn field. Something about that makes me really happy.
What is one thing that you are just absolutely no good at doing?
Figuring out how to work my electronic devices.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Dan and I have had the privilege of speaking with the Weekend to Remember conferences for the past 20 years. I wouldn’t say “proud” is the right word, but when at the end of the day I look back on those weekends, I absolutely can’t believe we get to do that. It is an outstanding privilege to help people think rightly about their marriage and family. AND it helps keep my own marriage fresh and vibrant.
What was the last spontaneous thing you did?
Flew to California to visit my daughter with less than 36 hours notice!
How fun! Speaking of travel, if you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
London to see the play Les Mes.
Mind if we tag along – that sounds like a fantastic trip! If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?
White sourdough bread, hot out of the oven covered in real butter.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, that can pull off good doses of extroversion given enough time by myself.
What were the last 2 books you read?
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Houwen
The Lone Wolf by Jodi Piccoult
One of our favorite questions to ask is “What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?”
Along those same lines, do you have a favorite quote to share with us?
“Bitterness and gratitude can not co-exist.” Henri Nouwen
Final question. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was a cheerleader at the University of Kansas in 1980-81.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Can we even say that in Nebraska? Thanks Julie for being willing to share and let our community get to know you a bit, we know they are going to love you as much as we do.