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Personal profile: Tara Lynn Smith

Name: Tara Lynn “Maveu Napteu” Smith

Occupation: French teacher by day, co-founder/director of Cherie Amie by night/



Birth date and place: Aug. 11; Sugar Land

Family: mother, Lynnette Nadeau; father, Terrell Smith; and my dog-child, Amie, 2.

My business philosophy is: Take care of others; God will take care of you.

If I could, I’d be a: full-time director of Cherie Amie with a salary.

I’m so sick of: businesses that make money the only priority and aren’t consciously aware of the impact they make on people.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: John F. Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey and Jesus.

My hobbies are: African culture and food, vocal performance, hot yoga, and sustainable development projects with Peace Tree Africa, my 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.

The last book I read was: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

I wish I knew how to: play guitar.

Nobody knows I: once jumped off a cliff in Greece.

The person I most admire is: John F. Kennedy

My guilty pleasure is: Volcano Eruption Cake.

I drive a: 2012 Toyota Camry.

I’d like to be driving a: yacht, touring the oceans around the world.

My favorite restaurant is: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant.

I regret: not living in France longer as an exchange student after high school.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: travel the world.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: Bring back The Tomato, move Mr. Chopsticks back and all of Cool Beans on Fry Street. I would remove what has made Fry Street so commercial and corporate in the last few years.

When I retire, I plan to: write a book, and read more books.

Community activities: founder and president, Peace Tree Africa.