When arriving at the fork in the road, Colleen Marchesano definitely took the road less traveled. Marchesano was a middle school science teacher residing in Huntington Beach, Calif. prior to her arrival to TargetSolutions in August of 2010.
Upon receiving word of a vacant position at the company, she jumped at the opportunity to pack up her bags and relocate to sunny San Diego for an all-new adventure. After serving in several different roles, Colleen is now working as an account manager with fire departments in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Alaska, California and Hawaii.
A devout mother and wife with a keen sense for the outdoors, Marchesano says her favorite thing about her job is having the opportunity to serve such a respectable industry every day.
“If I can help make the life of a training officer easier, then I can go home happy,” she said.
Here is more about Colleen from a recent Q-and-A:
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Anything outdoors. I hike a lot with my husband and son in the hills behind our home. Bike rides, beach days…we are the happiest outside!
What is your favorite and least favorite food?
I happily eat almost ANYTHING! But, I do tend to crave Mexican food every day. There’s only one food I can think of that I hate and its baby corn. They taste like dirt and I just can’t do it.
If you could relive any point in your life for just one day, what would it be?
Meeting my son for the first time. Everything about that day was heaven on earth. I don’t think I ever could have anticipated what that moment would be like and I don’t know how anything else can ever compare.
What is something that you’re most proud of?
Surviving motherhood for one whole year! In all honesty I am proud of the mom that I am. I have dreamt of being a mother for so long and have loved everything about it so far. The challenges that come along with motherhood are some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to face, but overcoming them is the most rewarding feeling.
If you could time travel to any era, when and where would you go?
If I could live in any era I would LOVE to be able to experience the 20s in Chicago. It was a time of such artistic explosion and industrial growth and not to mention woman suffrage! I can just picture myself at jazz lounges dancing the night away in a flapper dress … man, that sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
What is something about you that others may not know?
In middle school, one of our PE units was archery. I was, and still am, the only female to ever get three bullseyes in a row, which earned me a Golden Arrow award (I still have it; it’s an actual arrow that is painted gold) and a spot in the yearbook. We’re talking about a school that is over 50 years old! Impressive, right? The one thing people do already know about me is I am super competitive so obviously you can see why I am still proud of this little known fact about me.