Most of us are taught in grade school to ask who, what, where, when, why, and how during the information gathering process.


Over the next few weeks, I’ll answer these questions as it pertains to Silverleaf Real Estate.

This is our first segment to answer WHO is behind Silverleaf Real Estate.  It’s fairly obvious what I do for Silverleaf as broker so this will be more personal.

As membership co-chair for the Central Florida Women’s League, I regularly interview the league’s members for the monthly member spotlight column.

Here are some of the questions I pose to the league’s members and my answers.

Favorite song?

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

First job?

I worked a number of odd jobs started around age 10 including cleaning homes and resorts, assisting at the school with copies, and babysitting.  My first W-2 job was at the Ocoee Perkins Restaurant as a hostess.  Eventually, I learned all of the jobs except line cook including bussing, dishwashing, and serving so I could pick up the most shifts.  I still love Perkin’s baked goods and will pick up a half dozen or so any time I’m in the area (especially if there’s a buy 6, get 6 free coupon).  My service leader and a few other co-workers still work there so I love to say hello.

Amy doing dishes.
Amy doing dishes.
At the annual holiday party hosted by the owner Jeff.  This is Peggy the bartender.
At the annual holiday party hosted by the owner Jeff. This is Peggy the bartender.

First car?

1989 Blue Chevy Cavalier.

Best vacation you’ve been to?

My honeymoon last year.  My husband and I started in Los Angeles and then took the train to Pebble Beach.  Then, we stayed in San Francisco and ended our trip in Napa Valley.

Just Married - Happy Honeymooning for the Calandrinos.
Just Married – Happy Honeymooning for the Calandrinos.

Favorite TV show?

CBS Sunday Morning

What do you always want to try and never did?

I’d like to learn to play bridge and haven’t carved out enough time yet.

What’s the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

Always put your loved ones first.  Trust your gut.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Prato.  Grey and the rest of the team always makes it a special meal.

What phobias do you have?


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’d like to live closer to my office and have been to Europe.

Where is your hometown?

I’m from the Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and spent my first five years in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

A lovely farm in Lyndonville, Vermont.
A lovely farm in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Tell us about your family.

My mom’s a loving caretaker for the elderly and disabled.  My father helps fellow veterans at the VA Hospital.  They met while biking in St. Johnsbury, my hometown.  I have a younger brother Allen who’s an accomplished electrician.  My husband Phil assists small business owners with their legal needs.

Allen and Amy
Allen and Amy

What’s the last book you read?

“Tax Savvy for Small Business”

Most cherished family tradition?

We spend nearly every Sunday night with my in-laws.  I sometimes blog about our Sunday suppas on my blog like this one.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?


You’re happiest when?

I have a day to cozy up with a book or set of knitting needles and sip on coffee while listening to music.  I’ll pick coffee over wine any day.

Tell us something that we don’t know.

Not many people know that my maternal grandfather’s family has been in the US since 1638.  I had two ancestors fight in the Revolutionary War.  Along with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers and some other families, they helped found Rowley, Massachusetts.  Today, that family tree is well over 100 pages long and I have distant relatives all over the country.