Elgin resident Angel Ayala, 24, was working at The Salvation Army in St. Charles when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? Elgin
Pets? A cat named King – and he acts like it.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Vivien Leigh. She’s got that attitude and that spunk that I admire.
First job? As a bell-ringer for The Salvation Army when I was 14 years old. If you have a signed letter from your dean at school, you can get paid for that.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a paleontologist, my first dream job. But then I realized that getting dirty and picking dirt from underneath my fingernails was not my thing. Instead, I am the office administrator and volunteer coordinator here.
A book or movie you’d recommend? “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and the movie would be “What Dreams May Come”
Favorite charity? The Salvation Army
Do you play an instrument? I play bass in the church praise band on Sundays.
Do you speak another language? No, but I can say cheese in six languages: Ser is Polish, käse is German, queso is Spanish, fromage is French, chizu is Japanese and cheese, of course, is English.
Hobbies? Music, dance and arts and crafts
Favorite local restaurant? Taylor Street Pizza in St. Charles
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I volunteered with The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, and they had me stationed at Malcolm X College in Chicago for the NATO summit this summer. We were able to serve lunches and hydration to the officers and first responders.