Every so often, PLB reaches out to some of their most loyal followers. We love to get to know the individuals who are actively involved in PLB’s mission of supporting orphaned and neglected children around the world. This Supporter Spotlight is dedicated to Jill!
PLB: Hi Jill, thank you for agreeing to let us interview you! First off, where do you call home?
JMS: La Jolla, California
PLB: Beautiful. And how do you spend your time?
JMS: I have been in the television business for over 30 years and have just retired from the media industry. So today, I have been thinking about the words of George Bernard Shaw who said, “Life is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.” I am on a path to create my new journey that includes artistic expression, personal fitness and community projects.
PLB: Love it. How long have you been involved with Project Left Behind?
JMS: In 2009, Danielle and the Nuttzo team supported my effort to climb Yosemite Half Dome on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. My teenage son and I were headed to the summit with the hope to raise the spirits of young people living with Crohn’s disease and to raise funds for this foundation’s mission and research. Nuttzo was our “Mom & Son Climb for Crohn’s” first partner. From that day forward, I have followed the great work of Nuttzo and Project Left Behind. Oh, we took a jar of Nuttzo to the top. I think that was its first Half Dome summit!
PLB: What a treat to have at the top of Half Dome! What is the one thing you would have to take with you on an island to survive?
JMS: A sailboat.
PLB: Who inspires you and why?
JMS: I am inspired by Danielle LiVolsi. Danielle is a woman of great courage, determination, strength, and passion for others. I am a better person for knowing Danielle. #LLYMI every day.
PLB: She is quite a lady. Please tell us a favorite travel story.
JMS: Not including my trip of a lifetime to Peru with Danielle, Shel and the PLB Peru Escape 2016 team, I loved scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef discovering a world of life and colors I had never encountered before.
PLB: You support Project Left Behind because…
JMS: We are a small yet mighty group of individuals who team up to genuinely improve the lives of children around the world. I am in.
PLB: If you could choose to have dinner with anyone (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
JMS: Well, I prefer dinner parties so I can’t pick just one. I would have to go with a girl’s power party with Billie Jean King, Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary, Maya Angelou, Ellen DeGeneres, Sally Ride, and Audra McDonald. I’d like Annie Leibovitz to come take our group shot. Sounds fun, don’t you think?
PLB: Can we be a fly on the wall at that dinner party?! What did Peru Escape 2016 mean to you?
JMS: Machu Picchu has been referred to as a stunning example of a citadel built in perfect harmony with nature. Exploring Machu Picchu was remarkable, but to raise the spirits of children living in a Sacred Valley orphanage with a team of dynamic women was a blessing. The amazing PLB Peru Escape blends nature, friendship and service. Living. Loving. Giving. Perfect harmony.
PLB: I just got chills. Share with us something we would never guess about you if we didn’t know you well.
JMS: Well, I can now make a mean strawberry heart topped Peruvian crema volteada. Shel said so.
PLB: And that crema volteada was to die for! Thank you so much Jill. What a pleasure to know you and have your support!