Meet the Parenting Program Staff: Nichole Enerson

nichole and erik

Nichole Enerson, a group coordinator with the Parenting Program,
and her husband, Erik.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Clarkston, Michigan where I still live today. It is a great little town that isn’t as little as it used to be 😉

Tell us something about your family.

I am married to a wonderful man, Erik, who is also involved with the Parenting Program as a CPR speaker. We have two great kids: Our son Brody is 13 and our daughter Elise is 9.  Rounding out our household are our goofy, giant yellow Labrador Retriever, Sunny, and Alley, the orange & white stray cat that adopted us. J

What was your first job?

When I was 15, I got a job as a banquet server at a local golf course. I worked at the same course until I got my first “real” job after college.

Why did you choose to be part of the Parenting Program?

I heard about the Parenting Program while studying Counseling in graduate school. I was planning to become an academic advisor at the university level, but I kept hearing about this wonderful program. As I learned more about it, I was drawn to working with new families after my own difficult adjustment to motherhood. I abandoned my previous five-year plan and haven’t looked back!

What was your first job in health care?

Believe it or not, I used to be a registrar in the Emergency Department at another local hospital. It was very exciting and where I met my husband.

Who or what inspires you?

Our volunteers truly inspire me. I’ve never met and worked with another group of people who give so generously of themselves and their time. When I consider the generational impact of this program and these individuals on our community, I am blown away. The parents who we support today will pass what they’ve learned on to their children who will in turn impact their own children and so on. It is incredible.

Who do you most admire?

I admire my sisters, Brandi and Rena. We are very close and do as much together as we possibly can. They were role model moms to me and helped me through the challenges of life as a new parent. Each of them faces challenges every day that would test even the most steadfast.

Do you have a secret talent?

No, I am talentless.

What are your hobbies or special interests?

I like Stars on Ice, a touring ice skating show featuring national champions as well as world and Olympic medalists.

What’s your favorite movie?

One of my favorite movies is Grease! I love it! We watched it all the time when I was growing up. At any given moment, you might catch my sisters and me singing the songs. They once traveled four hours round-trip so we could all watch it together!

What’s your favorite meal?

Lasagna and breadsticks. I’ve been blessed with a husband who does most of the cooking and his homemade lasagna and breadsticks are amazing. Yummy!

What type of music do you listen to? Who are some of your favorite musical artists?

I have very eclectic taste in music that includes everything from Kid Rock to Dolly Parton and Depeche Mode to The Commodores! However, my absolute favorite artist is Tori Amos. She is amazingly talented and I see her live every chance that I get.

Do you watch or participate in sports? Who is your favorite sports team?

On any given day, if you stop by the Enersons’ abode, there’s likely some kind of athletic event on the TV or radio. My boys love baseball, but I am a die-hard Detroit Lions fan. Calvin Johnson is by far my favorite professional athlete despite retiring last year. I even have Calvin Johnson earrings and socks. 🙂

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Coconut Almond Fudge from Cooks’ Farm Dairy in Ortonville, Michigan. It’s the absolute best local dairy farm around.

Tell us something about you that we might find surprising.

I hail from a very large blended family! Along with my two sisters, I have two half-sisters who are in college, four step-sisters, and one very outnumbered step-brother. 😉

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