Member Spotlight – Krisi Vadnais
by Guest Contributor, Jeff LaCourse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of you who have recently graduated from CN probably know Krisi well, as she is the current instructor for the Toledo classes. For those of you, like me, who have not been as involved recently, I would like to introduce you to one of the busiest people you may ever meet.
Not only is Krisi a CN instructor, she is also the manager of The Bard’s Coffee Shop in Perrysburg. They opened last year, and the shop is a result of a relationship built by Connext Nation. Krisi and Chris Watson met in a CN class and Toastmasters. The friendship they built and a common love for coffee led to the creation of The Bard’s Coffee. When Chris decided to open the business, he asked Krisi to be involved. Today, they have created a space for coffee lovers and networkers to get together in a comfortable environment. She said that she loves the daily conversations with their regular clientele.
Along with the coffee shop, Krisi is also a successful DoTerra essential oils representative and an Ambassador for Profile by Sanford. She is also a member of the Perrysburg BNI chapter. “Where does she find the time?” you ask. Well, there is more!
Krisi is also a single mom to two very active young boys, Alex and Toby. Alex is a 2nd grader who is in the gifted program at school and recently started in Cub Scouts. He will be competing in his first Pinewood Derby the day that I write this article. Toby is a 5 year old who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall and keeps mom busy. They have two rescue puppies, Dobbie and Griffin, and a 20-yr old cat named Charlie.
In her “free time”, Krisi is a competitive public speaker in Toastmasters. Of 330,000 members, she has made it to the semifinals in Washington DC. That represents the top 100 competitors in the organization. She has goals of going much further in the near future.
When Krisi took the CN class, she was looking to build her essential oils business. She loved the lessons learned from her class, and started to live the principles taught to her. When she graduated, she became a Graduate Assistant for former instructor Sandy Pirwitz. When Sandy decided to retire, she recommended Krisi to replace her, because she was the best GA ever.
As an instructor, Krisi takes her role very seriously and believes it’s important to take the time to meet with every student one on one to make sure they are getting the most out of their class. She says “I don’t love CN because I teach it, I teach CN because I love it”.
Krisi has two burning desires. First, she plans to visit Greece in the near future, hopefully next summer. Second, she plans to make it to the Toastmaster finals, which is the top 7 speakers in the entire world.
If you would like to get to know Krisi better, she isn’t hard to find. Stop by The Bard’s and she will likely be there to greet you with a smile and recommend her favorite local coffees.
Or friend her on Facebook to follow her life as she approaches life always with humor.