Scout said it best in To Kill A Mockingbird:

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” – Scout

These are words I live by in business and pleasure and how I approach everyone I meet through work and play.

An East Bay native by way of Philadelphia, I bring to Arana Craftsman Painters my 20 years of work in the home industry through mortgage and bathroom remodeling.

I am passionate about people and how I can help them, whether it be through home finance, construction, home remodeling and painting.

I spent my childhood in the East Bay, playing basketball in the streets of Albany and seeking escape in the solace of Indian Rock. I now raise my nine and two-year-old daughters in the East Bay and am happy to call this place my home.

When I’m not out on consultations with homeowners, you can find me playing pool in my garage or back-packing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Traveling with my family and dog fuels my passion for people and life.

Our homes are our biggest investments not only in our wallets, but our hearts. I look forward to continually helping Bay Area homeowners protect, improve, and enhance their homes for years to come.

Be A Good Neighbor on Halloween

Many people enjoy handing out candy to their little visitors on Halloween. To make sure your visiting trick-or-treaters stay safe in your yard:

Clear away lawn equipment and any clutter from the yard, walkways, and steps so kids don’t trip over them.

If you have lighted jack-o’-lanterns, position them far enough away from where kids will stand so their costumes won’t catch on fire. Better yet, use glow sticks instead of candles.

Make sure paper or fabric decorations can’t blow into the flame of a jack-o’-lantern.

Keep all of your outside lights on during the evening.

Before sending your children on their rounds, make sure they eat so they won’t be tempted to dig into their goodie bags before you can examine them.

Check to make sure no parts of their costumes drag on the ground. Kids could step on them, trip, and fall.

If they are wearing masks, be sure they have a good field of vision. Face paint is better.

Tell them to walk, not run, stay on sidewalks, and cross streets only at intersections, not between parked cars.

Advise kids to approach only those houses with outside lights burning. Never go inside a house.

Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Older kids should travel with a group of friends.