When I worked at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, I taught a self-defense class. We would begin class by sharing our mantra with a partner: Call: “You are worth protecting!” Response: “I am worth protecting!” If you don’t believe that, deep down where you live, fighting techniques will be of little value.
Name: Laura Foley
Job Title: Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Department/Program Name: Administration/Commissioner’s Office
Years worked at LFCHD: Less than one, but it really feels like less than one!
Previous job (if different from current position): When I was younger, I was a professional classical ballet dancer and martial arts instructor. No, I am not joking.
What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? Learning new things every day and enjoying opportunities to contribute on our great team. I think life is about two things: learning and helping each other.
What is a helpful work tip you have learned at LFCHD? I have learned to show staff the same regard I give clients, guests, and visitors to our agency. A smile, given once, may be remembered forever.
What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician, or book?
Film: Local Hero (1983, directed by Bill Forsyth): a young Texas oilman is sent by his eccentric boss to a tiny coastal village in Scotland to purchase the town to build a refinery — it is very special. Also, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Akira Kurosawa.
Television: Star Trek (The Original Series), Little House on the Prairie, Frasier, Arrested Development.
Music: In addition to composing my own music, I love classical music, gospel, jazz, old country music (Tom T. Hall is a hero of mine!), and too many bands/singers/performers to list here. One album anyone who has ever lost a love should hear is Frank Sinatra’s masterpiece Watertown.
Books: I’ve read The Bible and The Lord of the Rings every year since I was nine years old. One of my favorite quick-reads is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Avoid the movie — read the book. The parallel novel, Ender’s Shadow is, perhaps, even better. I read, listen to audiobooks, and take online classes constantly. I’m (slowly!) working through The Feynman Lectures now and I just got a new dictionary I’ll be reading over the next 18 months.
What is your favorite color? Blue-green. It is the color that connects the oceans and the plant world. If Earth had an official color, I would argue for blue-green (though Carl Sagan called Earth a “pale blue dot”).
What is your favorite food/place to eat? Grandmother’s table, as a child.
What do you like to do for fun? Write. Stories, plays, poetry, jokes, and music. And think about science.
What type of pets do you have? Currently, a dog and cat. I once had a hamster I named “Peeve” so I could introduce him as “my pet—Peeve!”
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Florida, because that is where my family is.
What word(s) describe you best? Underachieving overachiever.
What is your greatest accomplishment? My son. In distant second place may be a unified theory of everything. I am thinking through a theory of nature that unifies general relativity and quantum mechanics.