You love your job now, but your tastes have probably changed since elementary school. When you were a kid, what was your dream career?
My dream career was to follow closely in the footsteps of my much older brothers and become a chemist. Both were organic chemists,
but my fascination developed in trace (small amounts, parts per million and parts per billion) analytical chemistry. This
career served me well in my positions within environmental chemistry and natural resource geochemist. I began my BHC career
as a geologist and enjoy my duties which include being a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) advocate
in Geospatial Technology.
Jerry Bartz, lab coordinator, Geospatial Technology
Electrician, until I plugged my finger and Lite Brite together into an outlet and got the shock of a lifetime.
Thom Chesney, president, Brookhaven College
I wanted to be a hair dresser. My grandmother was always so accommodating by let me brush and style her hair. Sometimes
I even practiced braiding the mop, which also made a great dance partner I might add.. :o)
Vicki DeFord, administrative assistant, Multicultural Center
Not to sound like George Costanza of Seinfeld but I always wanted to be an architect. I always enjoyed sketching people and
drew a few cities and buildings back then. Unfortunately, as I pursued this dream, I came across a hurdle called math. The
hurdle became too much to overcome and decided to pursue my back-up dream which was computers. Like I always preach, it pays
to back-up your important data, I guess you can add dreams to that list.
Manny Estrella, senior information systems manager, Information Technology
When I was five, I saw my first fire truck, and in it there were three fireman hanging on the side of the fire truck. One
of the firemen waved at me and smiled. At that age I didn't fully understand what they did, it just seemed cool. As the years
went on, I gained a high respect for what they do for us. Even at this point I still wish I had the chance to become firefighter.
Mauricio Luna, department assistant I, School of the Arts
To become a coach. With the help of my family and my coaches I have been living my dream since I graduated college.
Brandon Rains, head coach, Brookhaven College Baseball
When I was a kid my dream job was to go to outer space. I wanted to be an astronaut. I remember getting a space shuttle charm
for my charm bracelet from James Avery for Christmas.
Czarina Reyes, faculty, Mathematics and Science Division
I wanted to be a CSI agent working for special cases in the FBI.
Mary Schoals, department assistant, Marketing and Public Information
When I was a kid, I wanted to become a librarian or a teacher. I thought those jobs were the only jobs that would keep me
around books all the time.
Mersedeh Sefidi, adjunct faculty, Mathematics and Science Division
Dream career: I aspired to become a mechanic and own my father’s car/garage. I loved the idea of “getting filthy” for a living,
until I understood how hard that profession can be.
JohnPaul N. Tow, specialist I, Professional Development
The only thing I ever wanted to be was a housewife. Fortunately (or unfortunately), my husband and children still "allow"
me to be one every day!
Kendra Vaglienti, dean, Communications Division
Don Welsh, chemistry lab coordinator, Mathematics and Science Division