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30 Years in Social Service

Stacey, Class of 1986, after years is traveling for work is happy with the “new norm” of working remotely allowing her time spend with here family.


Where are you living now?
I am currently living in St. Augustine FL, the oldest city in the USA 

What kind of work are you doing?
I have spent the past 30 years working in social services. I currently work on a variety of Disaster Relief projects. I work 100% remotely and I get the opportunity to work with a great team all over the USA, Bangladesh and Argentina.

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days?
I am currently most excited about working 100% remotely for the rest of my career. I spent many years on the road working on a variety of projects in different communities. Working remotely has allowed me to be able to spend time at my son’s home in Santa Fe New Mexico, visiting my father and friends back in the St. Louis area, having my grandsons for extended periods of time and basically just going wherever I want to without the restriction of having to report to an office. 

Was there a teacher at NIS who stood out or who had a positive influence on you?
My two favorite teachers were Mr. Kahlenbeck and Mr. Oppedahl. I have very fond memories of both of them. 

What’s your fondest memory from your time at NIS?
My fondest memories are the choral festivals we used to travel to, ski trips, school dances, talent shows and just hanging out down in Sakae on the weekends with everybody. There are too many good memories to pick just one.

What’s the one thing you miss most about your time at NIS/ Nagoya/ Japan?
I definitely miss the great group of friends that I made. NIS was some of the best years ever. I loved going to the zoo with kids from different countries and cultures. I wish every kid could have that experience. 

I love that technology has allowed all of us to stay in touch. Sometimes it feels like we’ve never been separated at all.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for today's Dolphins?
Live a life that makes you happy, that’s all that really matters.