January 1, 2019
The Executive Corner is a new weekly feature of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We send our participants forty questions and ask them to choose twenty they would like to answer. It includes a short profile and a link to their website. We hope you enjoy it.
Kat Cross is a native Chicagoan with an impressive background of life experiences. Alongside studying three subjects — Theater; Psychology; and Recreation, Parks & Tourism — at Western Illinois University, she served in the Army National Guard for 10 years. After her studies, she worked abroad in the United Kingdom serving the United States Navy and Royal Air Force.
Kat comes to the Guest House with nearly 15 years of admissions and marketing experience. After being exposed to the realities of the world of addiction and drug abuse and with help and encouragement from her friend, Judy Crane, she decided to start her own company: Cross Consulting Marketing.
As a consultant, she now enjoys the freedom to choose where she provides her services and is committed to working with only the most ethical and authentic people in the industry — including Judy Crane’s Spirit2Spirit Healing program and The Guest House Ocala. Currently, Kat lives in Taos, New Mexico with her young daughter, Skyler, and loving husband, Matt.
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. While I was Army Boot Camp and Advanced Individual Training I learned so much about myself and how much moe I was capable of than I had previous thought possible.
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. I believe leaders are born and I believe that people need to do their own personal healing in order to cultivate their skill sets.
Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Dead Poets Society
Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery?
A. It was Robin Williams
Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake river or mountaintop or penthouse?
Q. What is your favorite hotel and resort?
A. The Zen Den
Q. Where do you go to “get away”?
A. I go see Disney and Pixar movies with my daughter
Q. What is your biggest or littlest peeve?
A. I can’t stand liars
Q. How do you measure success?
A. I measure success by how happy I am and how much I am contributing positively to the world.
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. Heifer International
Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, living or dead, who would they be? (you can choose 4 if you think one might too drunk or stoned to attend)
A. Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lloyd Tennyson, and Buddha
Q. What is your Favorite Radio show/news show?
A. Rachel Maddow
Q. What is your Favorite App or Podcast?
A. Impact Theory
Q. What is your Favorite TV/cable/digital series?
A. Too many, but this season: Ray Donovan
Q. Who is your Favorite Director?
A. Steven Spielberg
Q. What is your Favorite museum?
A. Le Louvre
Q. What is your Favorite Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Bob Dylan
Q. What is your Favorite Broadway musical/play?
A. My Fair Lady
Q. Who is your Favorite psychologist or what school of thought as related to psychology?
A. Carl Jung
Q. What is your Favorite sport to watch? To Play?
Q. What is your favorite snack?
Q. What is your Favorite cuisine?
A. Cajun seafood
Q. What is your Favorite City?
Q. Have you ever been arrested and if yes, what for?
A. Yes, shoplifting when I was 11.
Q. Do you have any children?
A. Yes, a 5-year-old daughter
Q. Do you think the U.S. should adopt the Portugues Decriminalization Model?
Q. What books are you reading now?
A. In the Realm Of Hungry Ghosts
Q. Do you take work home with you?
A. Yes, I work from home.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. Don’t put anything down and do the right thing.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve given?
A. Give yourself some Grace
Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choicem or a wicked twist of fate?
A. I think it’s a coping mechanism and I think some people are pre-disposed and have ‘the allergy;, A disease.
Q. What are five things you always carry with you?
A. Precious stones, Self-worth, Love, Band-aids, and Compassion
Q. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
A. Having a baby
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Having Skyler
Q. Is there a favorite quote you would like to share?
A. “We are not put on this earth to see through one another but to see one another through” —Anonymous