Getting to know Holly Johnson

Tribune Staff • Nov 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM

What’s your current job? I am the president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

You would be surprised to learn that: I schedule one day a month that I can stay home all day and never get out of my pajamas.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why? Oprah Winfrey — her story speaks to goal setting, hard work, risk taking and overcoming obstacles. I admire her journey and how she has given back along the way.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? Our family traveled to Scotland a couple of summers ago with my parents. My maiden name is Robertson and our family is of Scottish descent. It was amazing to experience that country with my family.

What are your hobbies? I love to cook, read, entertain in our home, ski, walk, garden and travel.

What’s your favorite restaurant? Two Tonys.

Favorite book? I love almost every book that I have ever read, so hard to pick a favorite. I recently finished “The Paris Wife,” a novel about Hemingway and his early life in Paris — loved it!

What class was the most beneficial to you? In college, I took an English literature intro course. It is what compelled me to become an English major.

Have you ever met any celebrities? In New York City, I rode an elevator with Joan Rivers. She was very nice and very tiny. She had her little dog with her, too.

What’s your can’t-live-without piece of technology? My iPhone.

What’s your favorite app? Right now, I am loving Calm. It is a meditation app. I can close my door and be guided through a two-minute meditation. It is amazing what a two-minute break can do for you.

If you weren’t in your current position, what would you like to do? I love my job and I can’t imagine working in a job that does not allow me to have a positive impact on the West Michigan region.

Who was the biggest influence on your life? My parents, for sure. I am privileged to have been born into a family that was supportive, encouraging and loving. Not a day goes by that I do not give thanks for my parents’ support.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show? We have a family movie that we watch over and over and over: “The Parent Trap.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To never apologize for being your authentic self.

What do you love about West Michigan? What is there not to love? Our beautiful natural resources, the great spirit of generosity — I feel lucky to have lived here almost my whole life.

Do you have any pets? We have a 16-year-old cat, Milton.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? A visit to London. We love to travel and our bucket list is filled with exciting destinations.

What’s your pet peeve? I feel challenged when people do not practice acceptance and fail to embrace change.

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