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First Person (Kimberly Lisanby-Barber

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.

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