• October 26, 2014

Midwife served with Peace Corps

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 4:30 pm

Kristyn Leftridge, 48, is a certified nurse midwife and lives in Harker Heights. She has delivered more than 1,000 babies in her 12-year career.

Where are you from?

Harrisburg, Pa. I’ve lived in Texas since 2002. We moved to Harker Heights in 2006.

What do you enjoy about living in Harker Heights?

We really enjoy Harker Heights because it’s so friendly and peaceful. We love the small-town atmosphere, where we are known by name at different restaurants, at the ball park and at the soccer fields.

Tell me about your family.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Dan Dammon, for the past 14 years; however, we have been together for 21 years. I have two children, a 10-year-old boy named Clifton and an 8-year-old girl named Sofia. My family is the most important thing to me, even more than being a CNM, which I absolutely love. My husband and I met in Washington, D.C., where we both worked at Peace Corps headquarters. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, and I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. We started building our family later than most couples do, so we really might have had a house full of children if we had started earlier. My husband is the fourth of five children, and I’m the youngest of four. My sisters and brother have been incredible role models for me. All of us have chosen service-oriented careers.

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

Our kids play sports every season, so that keeps us busy. We are very busy with Girl Scouts. I’ve been our troop’s “Cookie Mom” for two years now and I love it, so I’ll keep doing it as long as my daughter wants to remain active in Girl Scouts. We are also active in our church and the kids’ school. Our son is thinking about becoming a Boy Scout as well.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?

There’s not much I’d change about my life … maybe have more kids. Of course, there’s always room for personal growth, but things are feeling pretty good right now.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

My daddy always said, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” This applies to everything. My mom’s favorite piece of advice was “Give of yourself,” and I try to do that every single day.

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