Neighbors: Connie Deel
Name: Connie Deel
Occupation: Assistant Director of Human Resources, Baker University
Family: Husband Roy, son and daughter in law Chapin and Marie, son Nate, daughter Mattie, and mom Ann Fothergill
Place of birth: Denver
Q. How long have you lived in Baldwin City and what brought you here?
A. I came to Baldwin City in 1975 to go to Baker. I promised my mom I would try it for one year. I loved my sisters in the Phi Mu house, Baker and Baldwin but was ready to go back to Colorado until I met Roy, a month before I graduated. Still here…..
Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. I’m not a big risk taker, but I think it was deciding to leave the financial security of the workforce to stay at home with the kids when they were young. Or maybe it was rappelling over the side of a cliff and down a mountain when I was in high school.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. There is so much good advice from so many people, but the most memorable lesson I learned was from both of my grandfathers who taught me to laugh with others and at myself, they were both great jokesters.
Q. What two things would you want people to know about you?
A. I always try to do my best and I am miserable when it is hot, if you meet me in the summer in Kansas, I apologize if I am cranky.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. The usual, English teacher one week, singer the next, ice skater the week after. I kept going back to architect and interior designer, though.
Q. What’s the best way for you to get away from it all?
A. I love to travel, any where, any way, any time. If I can’t get out of town I love to get lost in sappy movies, a book or quilting on something.
Q. What’s your ideal vacation spot?
A. Colorado will always be home so it is ideal, but Ojo Caliente is a great rustic spa in New Mexico that I love to visit.
Song: Crazy On You by Heart and We Are Family by Sister Sledge
Movie: Gone With the Wind, it has it all!
Color: Any shade, tint or hue of green.
Food: Chocolate or mom’s mashed potatoes and gravy