26 Sep
  • By BBBS San Diego

Board Member Spotlight: Monica Salem

Meet Monica Salem

Director of Marketing, Frank Motors

Why are you passionate about Big Brothers Big Sisters?

The impact the Bigs have on their littles life is huge. Bigs provide so much positivity in a littles life.  They give them guidance and hope for a better future?

Who served as a mentor to you growing up?

My older sister Marianna.  Even though she is only 2 years older she was my mentor. I looked up to her for guidance.  She inspired me to do well in school and play sports.

Why should someone become a Big?

Littles impact your life just as much as you impact theirs.  Becoming a Big is so fulfilling.

Who inspires you?

My daughter Isabel.  She only 2 ½ but has endured more than some people in a lifetime.  At 6 days old she had open heart surgery to repair her heart.  She is strong, fierce and a ton of energy.  She inspires me daily.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Becoming a mother.  Having two healthy children is my greatest blessing.  It’s the hardest job I have ever had and the most rewarding.

Do you have a hidden talent? If not, what’s something we’d be surprised to learn about you?

Even though I have grown up in the car business I do not know how to drive a stick shift and I have never test driven a car before I purchased it.

If you could have ice cream with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what flavor would you order?

Cookie dough ice cream with my grandma, Mary Fornaca.  She passed away almost 9 years ago and I would love to just talk to her and hug one more last time.

If you could give your 20-year-old self-advice, what would you tell him/her?

Enjoy the moment!

What message do you have for any Big Brothers or Big Sisters reading this?

I just want to say thank you!  you are making a huge difference and therefore making a positive impact on our community.

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