Movers & Shakers: Carla Medlenka

Name: Carla Medlenka

Occupation: Marketing Manager at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Hometown: South Side of Chicago

Current home: League City Historic District

Family: Hubby (Galen) and I are empty nesters and loving it. One son (Justin), two daughters (Mackenzie and Anastasia) who all live close and visit often.

My favorite writer is: Right now I’m reading The Outsider by Stephen King. Arundhati Roy is a favorite. I like many genres and authors.

Someone I’d like to meet: President Obama

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Meghan Markle

My favorite performers are: The Dave Matthews Band and Krishna Das (look him up, he actually performed on the Grammys)

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading by the pool, watching what goes on in my garden (I have pollinator gardens and bird feeders that fascinate me), cooking. I’m also very involved in the community, serving as Bay Area Turning Point board chairman and on the Bay Area Democratic Movement board.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Croatia is high on my bucket list – my great-grandparents’ birthplace. This fall I’m traveling to Switzerland and Italy, which includes a yoga sail trip along the Amalfi Coast

My favorite meal is: Chicago pizza (thin crust) and ice cold local beer

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A nurse – like many girls in the 60s and 70s!

You’ll never catch me: Complaining or being bored – I love the adventure of life

The thing that bugs me the most is: Toxic and angry people

My favorite movie is: The English Patient

Few people know: I’m a certified yoga instructor, though I prefer to be a student these days

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