In Touch with Agent Kati Cole

image1 (7)What’s the best vacation you have ever taken?
St. Lucia, hands down.  The piton mountains are a great hike and there are amazing views. There are so many things to do there while learning a bit of the island’s history.

If you could learn any skill, what would it be?

I would want to learn Spanish fluently.

What is a quality that people admire most about you?

Being polite.  There are many different qualities people have but I think being polite is an act of kindness that everyone should share.

Camping….Love it or hate it? 
Kati PhotoLove it.  Why? Camping provides the perfect opportunity to clear the mind from everyday chatter, often without even knowing it.  I love nothing more than getting out on the river where my only mental challenge is to get from point A to point B in one piece.

Who is the smartest person you know?
My Aunt Mindy. She is a college professor at SUNY Ulster and also has her doctorate degree.  If I ever needed help with school or had a question, she had an answer.

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In Touch with Yaz Soffan

What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning?
camelpicSomewhere in Europe with a warm clean ocean. If I had to narrow it down – it would probably be in Italy. I love to relax outdoors in the fresh air.
Are you a cat person or dog person?
I would say more of a cat person.
What’s the best vacation you have ever taken?
I went to Cancun, Mexico and that was the best!
Would you rather have  quiet dinner with friends, or be at a party with 100 people?
runningpicI’d rather be with friends. A party with 100 friends works for me.
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In Touch with Vanessa Saari

Let’s learn a little more about Vanessa Saari…

Do you ever keep a New Year’s resolution?
Vanessa2New Year’s is my favorite holiday, my favorite day of the year. It’s all about rebirth, starting fresh, new beginnings, cleaning out the past. I have a tradition of going to Thatcher Park in Albany to watch the sunrise every year. It’s a very special moment for me. So do I keep a resolution per se? No, though I always welcome the New Year in and embrace it as much as possible.

Which skill would you love to learn?
I have always wanted to learn to play the cello. I played violin for 8 years, from 4th grade to 12th grade. The more time I spent in the orchestra the more I fell more in love with the deep and moving sounds of the cello.

Have you locked yourself out of the house or your car? What did you do?
I have locked myself out of my house – and I did the proverbial climb through an open window technique. I have not locked myself out of my car thank goodness, though that is probably because I never lock it. If someone wants Burger King napkins and an EZ Pass by all means – go for it!

VAnessa 3Would you prefer to visit Earth in 2100 or travel back to 1900?
I would travel to 2100. Something about the unknown and the not yet experienced that is very attractive to me. Not that I experienced 1900 of course, but I feel like we have read about it in history books.

What was the worst present you’ve received?
Well, I don’t want to sound too sappy but no gift is ever bad. It’s the thoughtfulness of the giver that means the most. Having said that, I’ve probably re-gifted some horrible smelling candles along the way.


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In Touch with Shelbie Northup

Let’s learn some more about Shelbie Northup.IMG-0820
What is your passion and why?
Definitely Volunteering!  I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and others locally.. It is the most rewarding and humbling experience.

What is one item that you would love to splurge on if money was not an issue?
I would take a private plane to Turks & Caicos ! I am not a huge fan of flying but I would love to experience being on a private plane taking me to an amazing island paradise!
What’s your favorite season and why?
Definitely summer! I love the warm weather, I love being outside.. It’s so green and the flowers are in bloom.. I’m much happier when it’s 75 than when it’s 25!

Do you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?
I try, I really do but it never happens.. so I kind of make them without the pressure of actually keeping it.. lol

What is one food you would take with you if you were on a desert island? (Besides water).
Chicken.. I think I could eat chicken all the time. If I couldn’t cook.. it would be extra toasty Cheez its!!

Learn more about Shelbie’s professional background here.