In the Spotlight: Our Treasurer, Gloria A. Brown
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
My parents – their West Indian influences around education, always doing your best, and caring about those less fortunate has guided me throughout my life.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
My willingness to help others. It is my pleasure to serve others.
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
I have a passion for the health and wellness field. I am forever a student even though I have certifications in herbalism, aromatherapy, and organic skincare formulation.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
“Champion for Change.” I believe I am a catalyst for change. Both within myself and for others. I help people to see themselves in different ways. I can help others realize their skills by pushing them forward while remaining in the background. I understand that I don’t have to be “out front” to be recognized for who I am.
What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?
I like to think that I inspire others to take their health seriously (even though I might waiver sometimes). That is why I started my herbal business and why I am always studying how to make a better product. I love it when my customers let me know how something I made has improved their lives.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
My parents were people of few words. It was not so much what they said but what they did. They led by example. Around the holidays, in particular Thanksgiving, they prepared baskets for the less fortunate to distribute at church. Whenever we had tenants my mother made sure to send a plate of food and gift to each one or invite them to come to dinner. My dad would send barrels of clothes and items home to Jamaica regularly. My parents didn’t have a lot but weren’t afraid to share it.
What book are you reading now?
Reading is my passion. I used to own a bookstore so this is the wrong question for me. At any time I could be reading 3 or 4 books. Right now these are occupying my time: “Libertie” by Kaitlyn Greenidge, “Working the Roots: over 400 years of traditional African-American Healing” by Michele E. Lee; Black Food: “Stories, art and recipes from across the African Diaspora” by Bryant Terry; and “The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth: Book One” by N. K. Jemisin.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
Yes, I have studied various energy techniques, i.e., Reiki, Healing Touch, and Access Bars, that enhance and facilitate the health of the mind, body, and spirit.
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Creative – Caring – Good Listener
What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?
I belong to a group, a Women’s Healing Circle. When the pandemic hit and kept us from meeting face-to-face, we pivoted and held weekly zoom meetings around the topics of health and wellness which kept us both encouraged and engaged during this time.