Katie Paauwe became the newest member of our team when she assumed the role of receptionist/office assistant in September. Katie, who is studying family studies and nonprofit leadership at WMU, livens up our reception area with an energetic spark (we sometimes refer to her as "Kapowee"), has a penchant for Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers, and prefers her pizza without olives.

What do you actually do all day?
I open and close the office, and then everything/anything in between!

What's the best part of your job?
Meeting and talking with all of the fascinating people from our community.

Favorite flavor of ice cream
Chocolate Moose Tracks

Guilty Pleasure
Laffy Taffy jokes –– they're so bad it's good!

Favorite Kalamazoo Restaurant

Central City Tap House

Plain or Peanut M&M's
Peanut Butter M&M's are the best.

Favorite Book

Just one? Impossible! How about favorite genre? Memoirs are my favorite. It's so fascinating to get a glimpse into someone else's life.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be and why?
The ability to fly. You'd never be stuck in traffic!

Favorite smartphone or tablet app
Pinterest! What do you love about where you live?
Everything! Kalamazoo is the perfect size city; it's not too small, but not too big. This community has so much potential and such wonderful things to offer –– I like feeling like I am a part of that!