Spotlight on: Judy Anderson

Judy Anderson
Judy Anderson

NAME: Judy Anderson

UNOPA 2016-2017 POSITION: Recording secretary

WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THIS POSITION: Mainly, to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the Association and Executive Board meetings and to preside at meetings in the absence of the president and president-elect.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT THIS POSITION: It’s relatively easy. I like writing and keeping a record of things. So, it was a pretty perfect fit.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SERVE IN THIS POSITION: I had served in this position at the turn of the century (1999-2000) and I decided it was once again time to give back to UNOPA a little. I really like being on the board and knowing what is going on.

WHEN DID YOU JOIN UNOPA: Sometime in the 1980s.

WHY DID YOU JOIN UNOPA: For the opportunity to meet people. Then, when I joined the Publications Office, I eventually took over Kathryn Martin’s job. She is a past president and one of my favorite people ever. She, of course, encouraged me as did Diane (Cihal) Sullivan, who also worked closely with our office. Plus, I was a joiner back then. I had been in other organizations and always held leadership positions.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO GAIN FROM UNOPA: Friendships, honed skills, networking opportunities, and new experiences, which I DEFINITELY have attained and am very thankful for.

TELL THE MEMBERSHIP A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF: I am a lifetime Nebraskan and grew up on a Grade A dairy farm in Edison, Nebraska, with my four sisters…and yes, we were the farmhands. I graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a bachelor of science in speech and drama, but I never actually taught. I have definitely used the degree in giving plenty of self-help and motivational presentations. I have been part of the local theatre scene for the past 20 years doing nearly 50 shows and numerous cabaret performances. Twice a year, I perform my own cabarets at James Arthur Vineyards—a spring show and a Christmas show. I sing with the United Lutheran Church choir, and spent 20 years as the lead vocalist for the Lou Arnold Orchestra, a ’40s dance band. I have worked at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 33.5 years and I have two grown children, Amy and Tyler. They have blessed me with three granddaughters (16, 12 & 10) and two grandsons (16 & 2) respectively.

TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF: Ok, because I like you so much, I’m going to let you in on my deepest and darkest secret. It’s weird, I know, but…I have left and right earrings. I put the back on backwards on the left one so that I can keep them separate. I warned you! I only appear to be sane on the outside. :)