You What?

Jen Veatch, executive director, Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana
11/6/2018
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Do you have a nickname? Money Penny

Describe yourself in three words. Kind, trustworthy, overcomer

In what city did you grow up? Paulding

What book has had the greatest impact on you? The Bible

What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? Star Wars

What is your favorite part of your job? Serving others in their time of need

What do you actually do at your job? Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of hospitalized pediatric patients and programs like the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile providing pediatric care in underserved communities regardless of the family’s ability to pay

What do you love most about Fort Wayne? A caring community

What is your greatest accomplishment? Raising three amazing kids with my husband

Who is your hero? My husband, Kevin

What is your biggest pet peeve? When someone strikes a conversation with me in a public restroom. I’m only here for one reason people.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party (living, dead, famous, real or fictional)? My Dad, just me and my dad

What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)? A fueled helicopter, a capable pilot and a taco bar

How often do you exercise? Did you say “extra fries?”

What is something nobody knows about you? I would like to have a cherry red refurbished 1948 Ford F1 pickup truck

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? Child abuse and neglect

If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to give of your time, talent and treasure when you are young – these are the things that make you rich

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Faith is not based on feelings, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. Grandma Viola

Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Mr. Ptak – he was bald and his head shined like a weeble, he made math fun

Would you rather be invisible or read minds? I know what you’re thinking.…but it’s actually be invisible

What was a time you failed at something? What did you learn from it? I got a 2nd cat and it was a disaster. Only Noah’s ark was meant to handle two of everything.

What is the most difficult thing you have ever experienced? Loss of my Dad at age 10

If you could go back in time, once, and change a single thing, what would it be? Nothing. Everything that has happened in my life has led me to where I am today.

What is your favorite?

Vacation spot? Anywhere with my family

Holiday? Why? Thanksgiving. Family, pumpkins and a focus on being thankful

Sports team? Green Bay Packers

Song? Blameless by Dara Maclean

Drink? Fountain Coke

Movie? Mermaids

Downtown locale? Pembroke Bakery and Cafe

Fort Wayne feature? Embassy Theatre

Fast food restaurant? McDonalds, of course

TV show? World of Dance

Hobby? Writing

Flavor of ice cream? Mint Oreo 


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