Q: What’s the most meaningful part of working with the Florida Network?
Che: “Supporting the current implementation and expansion of SNAP services for youth, families, and communities statewide.”
Q: What do you wish you had more time for each day?
Che: “I wish I had more time to listen and understand the experiences of others.”
Q: What book have you read that has impacted you most and why?
Che: “‘Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing.’ This book highlighted the need to bridge the gap between grassroots and structured organizations through both organic and organized approaches.”
Q: What keeps you going when you feel pressure or uncertainty?
Che: “When I feel pressure and uncertainty I think about how many people need our services and how many will not get them if I stop.”
Q: What is something about the Florida Network you wish more people knew about?
Che: “We are more than a collective of service providers; we are a family that cares about each other and most importantly, about our communities.”
Q: What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Che: “I love barbecuing and eating good food while spending quality time with my family.”
Q: Who inspires you?
Che: “I know that this may sound cliché but I would have to say, my mother. She struggled to overcome some insurmountable obstacles which paved the way for me to see anything as possible. ”
Q: What do you want your legacy to be?
Che: “I want to be known for asking the tough questions that push the evolution of services beyond what everyone thought was possible.”