Meet Eve Anthony! Eve was born in Ohio but has spent most of her life in Georgia. She graduated from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, and came to Athens to go to UGA, where she studied Therapeutic Recreation. She also holds a certification in Gerontology from Kennesaw State University. Eve serves as the Executive Director of the Athens Community Council on Aging and serves on several statewide boards concerned with older adults, including the State of Georgia Older Adults Cabinet. Eve lives in Jackson County with her husband Neal, daughter Lily and dog Leo.
Eve was nominated by Face of Athens Anita Aubrey. Anita said: “Eve is an amazing human being who has worked with the Athens Community Council on Aging for 18 years from leading the adult daycare health center to now being the CEO. She is a mom and wife and wonderful friend. She gives so much of herself to all of Athens. We have been friends since I was 15 when we worked together at White Water in Atlanta. I love this woman and everyone should know how amazing she is!”
What inspired you or led you to your current career?
It is kind of cliche because I think so many of us who work with older adults, we talk about our grandparents, but my grandmother really is what led me to an interest in working with older adults. My grandmother was incredibly fun to be around. She had this great laugh, sense of humor and was always up for an adventure. She said, did and ate anything she ever wanted to. Her favorite breakfast was egg with jelly in the middle and then dipped in powdered sugar. Growing up, she gave me this overwhelming positive view of older people and aging. So, I went into college to choose a career that would allow me to work with older people. My dream job, when I was in school, was to work in Florida at a really cool retirement community as an activities director, dressed in white, driving around in a golf cart and picking people up for dance lessons. That is where I saw myself. As I got further into my program and gained first-hand experience working with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, I realized that it was the work that I felt drawn to. I found so much joy in being with these individuals. Though they didn’t have all of their cognitive abilities, it was so easy to find and connect with the person inside the disease. After graduation, I traveled around Southeast Asia and Japan for a few months and, when I returned to Athens, a position was open at ACCA working in the adult day health program with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It was perfect. From there, I fell in love with ACCA. I fell in love with the mission of ACCA and the people that we serve. I really believe in the work that we do. During my 18 year career here, and through different leadership, it has always been the people that we serve first. We always go above and beyond. It has been great to work for a non-profit that does not work within a box, we work to blow the box up. This has given me the opportunity to be creative and innovative and work among some of the best people in our agency and the community.
What is your favorite part of your job?
It varies day-to-day. I think today my favorite part is seeing success, not only the success of our organization and the impact that we have but also the success of the people who work here and the people that we serve. Day in and day out, I get to be around these really cool people who work so very hard, above and beyond, and I get to watch them do extraordinary things and because of their work, I get to see the success of the people that we serve. You know, whatever it is, a meal, a ride to the doctor or just a visit and a hello and see how that has made a critical impact is really, really neat. It’s selfish really. It just feels so good to be a part of something that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. And, I love the challenges too, because no day is ever the same.
What is your favorite restaurant in Athens and what do you love there?
Today, my favorite restaurant in Athens is home.made. I love the tomato pie! I also love the Old Fashioned cocktail. A very close second is anything that Peter Dale does. I love Maepole, The National, Seabear Oyster Bar, Condor Chocolates.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
It is on my bucket list to go to Cinque Terre in Italy. The five villages there, and the idea of being able to hike from one place to the other, ride your bike from one place to the other, sounds amazing. That is number one on my list. I also really want to have an RV and take it across country with friends.
What is your favorite movie, or what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
The very first movie I saw was Pete’s Dragon, and it is still one of my very favorites.
What advice do you give often?
I think the standard one is kindness goes a long way. It’s really important for me to not only talk that but to model kindness for my daughter and to show it so she sees what kindness looks like in action. I think the advice that I give the most, that people hear from me, is that there is a certain standard that you should set for yourself and follow. Set it high and don’t allow yourself, for whatever reason, to go below that standard. So whether that is your integrity, in your performance, in your relationships, whatever it is, set that standard and stick to it.
If you could see any band or any show at any venue, what would it be and where?
The love of my life is George Michael. So, any time and any day I would say George Michael. I would also love, love to see R.E.M. again, especially at a local, small venue. One of my very favorite shows that I saw three times and would love to see again is George Clinton and Parliament. Maybe at the 40 Watt or The Foundry.
What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Athens?
The Flamingo Room. I remember it being before coffee houses. It was the neatest place.
Choosing anyone, dead or alive, to have lunch with who would you go with and where would you go?
My dad. We could go anywhere really, but because it is my dad, he would have liked to go to some place that I love so I’d take him to home.made.
What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word “home”?
Family, a place to relax and be comfortable, and my dog, Leo.