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Alesha B. Pichler

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Alesha B. Pichler, Emergency Food Bank’s community relations manager, talked with HERLIFE Magazine recently to share her dedication to family and community.

HLM: How long have you lived here? What do you love most?
AP: I was born in San Francisco and have lived in Stockton for over 40 years. Stockton and the Central Valley are just that, central, three hours to the beach, three hours to the mountains and even less time to enjoy any of the area waterways! Festival and community events are plentiful in the county. And with the exception of a couple of triple-digit temperatures, the weather cannot be beat.

HLM: How is your heart inspired to serve the community?
AP: When I worked at The Record newspaper, I became involved with the United Way and realized that there were so many organizations that do just that, help. No judgment, just a helping hand. That is what drove me to my current position at the Emergency Food Bank. Food is essential to the well-being of all and at this moment in time, with so many families  struggling to purchase healthy food, I am proud to be part of the Emergency Food Bank team that assists hard-working families during difficult times. The pure act of serving those who find themselves in an emergency situation inspires me on a daily basis.

HLM: What sparks joy for you?
AP: My family. My friends. My job.

HLM:  What’s your free time passion?
AP: Teaching children how to play the piano. Spending time with my only daughter, who will soon leave to serve a church mission, helping my husband around the yard and teaching Jazzercise!

HLM:  Top three bucket list goals?
AP: Take my family on a trip to Central America so they can see where I lived during my childhood years. Play Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Visit the Disneyland parks all around the world with my family.

HLM:  What accomplishment are you most proud of?
AP: Raising two amazing humans. One has graduated university, married and just purchased his first home; and the other graduated high school under trying (COVID) circumstances and on her own decided to defer college for a year and a half while she serves a church mission.

HLM:  Can you describe a key event that had an impact on your life?
AP: Having my parents move in with me and my family. Being able to care for my parents has been a humbling experience. It is interesting that even as I have become an adult, I can still continue to learn from them.

HLM:  Do you have a favorite quote?
AP: “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ~Gordon B. Hinkley.

HLM:  What are you currently reading?
AP: My daughter just gave me a quick read….“Way to Be! 9 Ways to be Happy and Make Something of Your Life” by Gordon B. Hinkley.

HLM:  Favorite food or dessert?
AP: I am always on the hunt for good crème brûlée.