Beth Pliego

What is the most important room in your home?
The kitchen is the heart of our home. It is a small galley style kitchen, so it flows nicely into the dining room. We host lots of gatherings for friends and family, and people are always hanging out in and around the kitchen visiting, laughing and eating.

What's your favorite family tradition?
Spending hot summer days boating. My parents grew up boating in the Atlantic ocean in New York, and I grew up boating on the lakes in the Black Hills in South Dakota. Now, my kids are the next generation of boaters. We spend summer days on the St. Croix River water skiing, tubing and enjoying the outdoors.

In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
As a child, my favorite thing to do was find a quiet place to read a great book. Reading is still my favorite past time. I read any chance that I get!

What do you miss most about being a kid?
I grew up in the Black Hills in Custer, South Dakota. I spent my childhood riding dirt bikes, climbing mountains and making forts. I miss the freedom of my childhood, especially the feeling that I could get lost in nature and no one would miss me for hours.

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
I do not like closed toe shoes, so I tend to wear sandals all year around, even in the Minnesota winter! In the summer, I do not wear shoes at all, if possible. People often ask me if my toes are cold, but I guess I just have really warm feet.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
It would have to be chocolate — in particular, dark chocolate and unsweetened cacao powder for my protein smoothie.

What is the most surprising thing about you?
I am actually an introvert. My work in admissions is very customer-service orientated, and I spend my day communicating with colleagues and perspective Blake families. I answer the phone, lead tours and help at admissions events. Because of my work, people often assume that I am an extrovert.