First Person (Kimberly Lisanby-Barber
City: Mendota/Spring Valley.
Where did you grow up: Burbank/Oak Lawn (Illinois).
Family: Husband Gary; two daughters — Kate (John) Hagenbuch and grandchildren Isabella, Mae and Nolan and Kari (Dan) Lutter and granddaughter Evelynn; another grandchild due in October and two big grandpuppies (Great Danes) Donnie Brasco and Lefty Ruggiero.
Pets: A cat — TinkerBelle (calico, therefore crazy).
Occupation: Principal of J.F. Kennedy and Lincoln schools in Spring Valley.
What is the last song you listened to: “Family” by Laurie Berkner Band.
What is the last book you read: “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.”
What is the last TV show you watched: “The Tonight Show.”
If you were stranded on a desert island and could have just one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: The original White Castle.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be: A family photo album.
What is your favorite local restaurant: El Zarape in Mendota.
If someone handed you a million dollars, how would you spend it: I’d buy an elevator at my church, make donations to SVCCSD Foundation, Project Success, SBA and Holy Cross, save a chunk for grandkids, and then get rid of some bills and head over to Scotland.
People would be surprised to know that you: I’m an organ donor.
What is your favorite thing about the city you live in: It’s a nice community with all the services you would need: Stores, restaurants, gas — we even have two McDonalds.
If you could change one thing about your town, what would it be: Having a park district that runs a paddle boat/canoe rental on Lake Mendota.