Personal Exchange: Theresa Dolge
November 4, 2016
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Marital Status: Married
Children: Three children (Marissa, Angelina and Domenic)
Occupation: Vice President, Media Relations Director
Years in Industry: 17 years
College: Temple University
What are two things on your bucket list?
I would love to one day open up a state-of-the-art hospice, and I would also love to spend a couple of weeks at Canyon Ranch in Arizona.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome?
Having to let go of my amazing little girl, Angelina, when she was in heart failure. She was born with a rare disease so I truly understand the obstacles that rare disease patients and their caregivers face. When you lose a child you look at life through a completely different lens and can oftentimes see people’s true selves more clearly.
What was your first job?
My very first job was when I was 14 and I worked at a Rita’s Water Ice on the boardwalk in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.
Do you have any pets?
I have a dog named KC, who we rescued. We think he is a Lab/Greyhound mix.
If you could do a guest role on a TV show, which one would it be?
I would love to be on The Walking Dead because I, of course, like all of America, think I could fight zombies.
Who do you most admire for their humanitarian or charitable efforts?
My sister-in-law and her husband who founded The Matthew Renk Foundation in honor of their son (and my nephew), who died from brain cancer at 15.
If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other then a relative), who would it be?
God – I am pretty sure that needs no explanation.
How do you stay fit?
I get up at 5 a.m. four days a week and go to the gym and I take a yoga class one night a week.
What is your favorite quote?
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” –Buddha. This is how we should be trying to live our lives even when it is so hard.
How did you get started in the industry?
My aunt worked in the industry and suggested I look into it.
What three adjectives best describe you?
Determined, respectful and fair.
Last good book you’ve read?
Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover.
What is your favorite movie?
Lovers of the Arctic Circle.
What would you do or buy if you won the lottery?
I would create a state-of-the-art hospice facility.
What is your pet peeve?
Lack of self-awareness.
What do you think is the most important issue facing us today?
Foreign relations. We need to start anticipating issues before they happen. We need people who are more intuitive and have better inherent people skills.
What was the best present you ever received?
My husband is so thoughtful and often gives the best gifts. Recently, he had one of our original wedding photos professionally framed and gave it to me for my birthday.
What do you collect?
I love tree figurines. I feel like trees are a universal sign of life and longevity.
Theresa Dolge is Vice President, Media Relations Director at Tonic Life Communications, One South Broad Street, 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. She can be reached at 215-928-2748 or Theresa.Dolge@toniclc.com.