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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:30 am

Abha Cole, 44, is the military mentoring program manager for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Texas.

How long have you lived in Heights?

I’ve lived in Harker Heights for 16 years.

What do you enjoy most about living in Heights?

That it’s a very small tight-knit community and everyone is very friendly.

What made you want to work with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization?

I believe in the military mentoring program because when my kids were much younger and 9/11 happened my husband was in a unit at Fort Hood with the Army Reserves. So when they were activated by President Bush, my husband was gone for six months at a time. He came home for a week and then he was gone for another six months and that cycle continued for 3 ½ years.

I truly believe my kids could have benefited from having a big brother, having that special parent-approved friend that they could talk to. That’s why I agreed to become program manager.

Are you involved in any community activities, organizations or clubs?

My son attends Harker Heights High School, so I am involved with their choir’s booster board. I’m the activities coordinator there. I’m also the co-chair person for Project Graduation.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Probably the San FranciscoBay area. I have family there and so it’s always nice to go visit them and just enjoy the wonderful weather and the sites.

Tell me about your family. Married? Children?

I have been married 20 years and my husband is retired Army since June 2010. I have two boys, one is a senior at and the other one is in his first year at Central Texas College.

Where are you from originally?

I was born in California but I lived in New Jersey, West Virginia, pretty much all over. My dad was an engineer so we moved around a lot, but Texas is the longest place I’ve ever lived.

What was the last movie you saw? Favorite TV show?

The last good movie I saw was Tyler Perry’s “Temptation.” I like so many shows but I would have to say my favorite is “Scandal” right now.

What was the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it to you?

“We need to make the community that we live in a better place,” by my good friend who was co-chair for Project Graduation back in 2001.

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