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20 Questions with Assistant Director of Annual Giving Krista Rinehart ’99


February 7, 2013        
Krista Rinehart '99 Krista Rinehart ’99, assistant director of annual giving, with
husband Adam Johnson ’97 and daughter Campbell.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Director of Annual Giving.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up here in Danville in a quiet little neighborhood playing flashlight tag, riding bikes and swimming at the pool. It was a pretty idyllic childhood.

3. What are your hobbies?
I am the assistant track coach at Boyle County and love it. I started running track for BC in middle school and it was a huge part of my life as a kid. It’s fun to be back with the program and to be able to have an impact on others’ lives. In what little spare time I can find I love to read. And it goes without saying that there’s nothing I would rather be doing that spending time with [my daughter] Campbell and my family.

4. What is your dream vacation?
The quick and easy answer is a beach, anywhere. Right now we are planning a trip to France and Italy that could also qualify.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
My answer is pretty cliché but Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” has always captivated me.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
I’m not a huge poetry person. My favorite novel is “Lonesome Dove” followed closely by just about anything Toni Morrison has written and “The Great Gatsby” or “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Anna Karenina.”

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
UK basketball or Olympic track and field.

8. Favorite TV show?
I’m not a huge TV-watcher. Since having Campbell I’d rather spend my spare time reading. My all-time favorite is “West Wing”—of current shows, probably “Modern Family” or “Game of Thrones.”

9. Favorite album?
My current favorite is Brother Sal’s “Blood & Dust.” My all-time favorite is probably Jimmy Buffett’s “Songs You Know by Heart” just because it puts me in a good mood no matter what.

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas Eve—my family has always gone to the candlelight service at church and then we do an English style tea afterwards.

11. Favorite food?
Carbs—any kind of carbs. Mashed potatoes, bread, pasta … Or the shrimp poboy at the now defunked Cindy’s in Charleston, S.C.

12. Most prized possession?
My wedding and engagement rings. I recently lost my original engagement ring and didn’t realize until it went missing how much emotion was attached to those items. A close second and third would be my grandfather’s Bible and the box of beautiful letters my Daddy wrote to me while I was away at school my first semester of college.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Just three? That’s a small dinner party! John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln—if one of them couldn’t come, Maya Angelou and Oprah would be good back-ups, or Jackie Kennedy. I’d also love to have my grandpa Camuti there so I could get one more chance to talk to him and learn from his example as an adult. I refuse to settle for three!

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I love event planning, so any chance to do that—be it with Dessert with the Roushes or Honor Walk—is fabulous. I would love to get to do more of that someday. I’m also really enjoying the creative side of the job—designing our website and mailings is a lot of fun.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon—best family vacation ever!

16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I would probably still be at CSG running the Toll Fellowship Program. I spent the eight years prior to coming to Centre running Tolls, a national leadership development program for state government officials, and I loved it! It allowed me to use my degrees and love of event planning to make a real difference in people’s lives. But after having Campbell, the commute and travel were too much. So I’m glad to be back at Centre!

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
My most beneficial educational experiences haven’t come from the classroom— though I prize my education a great deal. I would say it’s a tie between my first semester at another school or the process of becoming a parent. My first semester, I was very unhappy and far away from home and learned a great deal about myself. Since having Campbell I feel like I learn something new about myself and what is truly important to me every day. Having her has literally changed the way I view the world and my place in it.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
I guess I suffer from fictional multiple personality disorder because I can’t pick just one! Augustus McCrae on a warm summer’s day, so I could enjoy seeing the West before man spoiled it while cracking wise. Or Scout from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I’ve always admired her bravery and gusto. Last but not least, Hermione Granger! She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s strong and she can do magic—what’s not to like?!

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Under the giant shade tree in front of Old Centre. You can see almost all of campus; it’s in front of my favorite building, Old Centre. And it’s where we had Campbell’s first birthday party during the Brass Band Festival! Hillside D would be a close second because of all the great memories made while living there with some amazing friends my sophomore and junior years!

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Try new things. Don’t come here with blinders on focused on what you’re convinced you should be in four years. Take classes you never thought you would like, try an extracurricular that you’ve never done. You’re 18—you know nothing about yourself. Broaden your perspectives so you can figure out how amazing you are!



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