We Asked . . . For an update on past interviews

Lynda Rock

Here are some recent changes in the lives of five past Moxie Q&A interviewees:

Lynda Rock

Lynda Rock is a cancer survivor, member of the Dragon Boat Charleston team and the 2009 US Dragon Boat team.

Q: Last time we spoke, you had qualified for the U.S. Dragon Boat team and were preparing to compete in the world championships in Prague. Did you?

A: Yes. The trip was an awesome experience. We competed against 24 other countries and I paddled on two teams: the Senior Women's (over 40-year-olds) and Grand Master Mixed (over 50-year-olds). I medaled in five of the seven events I competed in, coming home with three silver and two bronze medals. I was so happy to have my family and friends there supporting me and the U.S. teams.

Q: What's the biggest change in your life since your January interview with Moxie?

A: This year, I turned 50. It has been a year of reflection. The interview helped me recognize that I am the happiest and most comfortable I have ever been in my life. I am so glad I made the decision to move to Charleston.

Jametta Rooker

Jametta Rooker is owner of The Green Table, an antique store in Summerville.

Q: In March, you said you thought the poor economy may be helping, not hurting, your fledgling business. Do you still feel that way?

A: Yes, I still feel strongly about the state of the economy helping my business. People are more supportive of the "mom-and-pop" businesses and make more of a conscious effort to support local businesses. Plus, in the business of antiques and vintage items, people are still going through their attics selling their unwanted antiques to make a little extra income. Of course, there is a markup once it goes into the shop, but it is moderate and still affordable. I look for good deals, so I can give good deals.

Q: What has been the biggest change in your life since your interview with Moxie?

A: There have been two things actually: the ending of my marriage (which was for the best), and the transition from homeschooling to having all four of my children in school. The latter was actually harder on me. I have been home with my children for 12 years, so that was a big deal. The first day I cried when I dropped my 13-year-old off to school, and the teachers escorted me off the school grounds. It was tough.

Doretha Walker

Doretha Walker is president of the Center for Women's board of directors.

Q: In January, you said your goal this year for the Center for Women was to conduct more programs outside the peninsula, and to increase diversity in programs and participants. How is that going?

A: It has actually gone quite well. We have increased our membership to almost 1,000, which is almost double of last year. We attribute that to the addition of the programs and outreach outside of the peninsula. Currently on the calendar, we have the Summerville Women's Networking event. We also did a presentation to women in Berkeley county.

We have had some dynamic partnerships this year. The Margo Kaufman Gallery came to us to do an event; we had over 200 people and most were the demographic that we have been targeting -- the 20-somethings. We also partnered with Style Swap.

Q: What has been the biggest change in your life since your interview with Moxie?

A: The biggest change in my life since January is the change in focus for my dissertation. After analyzing the S.C. state compensation plan, I want to focus on gender-based pay inequity. I will compare S.C. to another state. I have not decided which state yet. Maybe California. I am getting closer to finishing my course work for my doctorate. Hopefully by Thanksgiving I will be working solely on my dissertation.

Donna Bryant Geriner

Donna Bryant Geriner was jobless when we last spoke.

Q: When we spoke in April, you had lost your job and were reflecting on what you'd like to do next. Have you found work since then?

A: Yes, shortly after my interview I started working from home as an independent telecommunications consultant. Given my 28 years experience in this field, it has been a very comfortable transition so far. I am also still researching and exploring other entrepreneurial opportunities should I decide to pursue other interests at some point.

Q: What has been the biggest change in your life since your interview with Moxie?

A: The biggest change in my life has been adjusting to working from home instead of driving to an office every day. I jokingly tell people that I love the "commute" and the "uniform." The "commute" being walking upstairs to my office and the "uniform" being my comfortable casual wear for around the house. I do miss the interaction with people, though, so I do have to make it a point to schedule with friends to meet for lunch once or twice a week. Overall, I'm very happy with being a consultant and working from home at this point.

Julie Ohlandt

Julie Ohlandt wanted to go back to school and to eventually start a nonprofit.

Q: You told us in April that you were hoping to enter graduate school to get a master's in public administration. Have you? And is your ultimate goal still to start a nonprofit that would serve the local Latin American community?

A: I am currently enrolled in the MPA program here at the College of Charleston. It's my first semester, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Just being a student again is thrilling.

My ultimate goal remains to work with the Latino community in Charleston. I have spoken with a few professors here at the college that have contacts in the community, and I hope to continue to build relationships to further the cause. I'm taking Essentials of Nonprofit Administration, and while the amount of work that goes into creating a nonprofit is staggering, I'm sure it would be rewarding.

Q: What has been the biggest change in your life since your interview with Moxie?

A: Only a few things have changed significantly, the most prominent of which is that I'm a starving student now. I no longer have the financial flexibility to go out to a nice dinner or have a movie night, but not being much of a shopper or big spender, this isn't a huge deal for me. My mom has also since moved to Alaska for a great job, and though I miss her, I'm looking forward to seeing that state.