Heather Cox, 26, is activities coordinator for the Harker Heights Activities Center and co-founder of the Harker Heights Farmers Market.
Are you married with children?
No, but maybe one day (my boyfriend) will ask the question. I do not have children, but I do have two Chihuahua-mix puppies named Reggie and Sargent.
Where are you from?
Well, my father was in the Air Force for 20 years so I was born in Okinawa, Japan, and lived there until I was 10. Then we moved to Mascoutah, Ill.
Do you miss living in Japan?
I do. To me it is home. It is where I grew up. After college I tried getting an internship in Okinawa but I did not get it. I would like to go back someday.
Where did you go to college and what was your major?
I went to the University of Nebraska and I majored in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management.
Why did you choose that field?
Before college, I was the birthday coordinator for a Chuck E. Cheese’s and I wanted to pursue an area that I knew I was good at.
What was your first job after graduating college?
Actually, the one I have now. I applied at what seemed like hundreds of jobs and then I stumbled across the post and thought the job description was written for me.
When did you start working for the city?
In November 2009.
What would you say is the biggest challenge of your job?
Since I am always in the public eye, (it’s) making sure the citizens are my priority. But I love my job, I can really do what I want. If I have an idea for an event, I just go to my boss and tell him. My own imagination is the limit to what I can do.
How did you come to be a part of the Harker Heights Farmers Market?
I actually created it with a co-worker of mine, Sarah Rodriquez, back in May 2011.
Both of us are from areas where there are lots of farmers markets and we noticed a need. So we sent out press releases, went to feed and plant stores, and just tried to spread the word. Our first day we only had four or five vendors, but last year we were up to 38. It has been great to watch it grow.
Are you a gardener yourself?
No, not really, but I did participate in the Harvest Heights community garden, where I grew onions and lettuce and they did not die.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself organizing grand-scale events, like concerts and citywide celebrations. And personally, I hope to own a home, have a master’s degree (I don’t know what I’m going to get yet) and I hope to be at the peak of my career.