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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

         – Lao Tzu

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

         – Milton Berle

When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.

        – Jennifer Pahlka

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.

          – Bob Basso

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left.

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One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

        – Steve Hawking

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.

         – Elvis Presley 

God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

         – Billy Graham

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

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Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

         – Mother Teresa

Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

         –  John Donne

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

         –  Plato

Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

         – Yoda, Jedi Master

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“One Minute With…” Jessica Blackerby, Vice President and Controller

October 29, 2021

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“One Minute With…” Jessica Blackerby, Vice President and Controller

Jessica Blackerby is Vice President and Controller of Core Investments, Inc. She joined the company in 2006.

Jess, what did you do before Core?

Just prior to Core, I worked for the Marino Center for Progressive Health, in Cambridge. I was Controller there for about a year. Prior to that I worked for Modern Continental Enterprises, an investment and development company that did residential and commercial. Before Modern, I worked at Staples corporate headquarters in Framingham as an accountant.


What is your role at Core? 

I manage the accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, cost reporting and payroll processes at Core Investments, Inc. I also assist with tax returns and cash management and support needs regarding financing.


Where did you go to school?

I went to Nichols college. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.


And where did you grow up?

I grew up Burrillville, Rhode Island. It’s the farthest point from the ocean, in the northwest corner of the state, bordering Connecticut and Massachusetts.


Where do you live now?

I live in Holliston with my husband and 9-year-old twins.


What do you do to have fun or outside work?

I mostly spend time with my family. My kids are at a very active age. They’re involved in sports, and I’m usually a mom-taxi, driving them wherever they need to go.


What’s a favorite place of yours in Boston?

If I’m in Boston other than working, I’m probably going out to dinner in the North End. Or going to the TD Garden for a concert or sporting events of some sort. I’ve also brought the kids in to go to the Museum of Science and the Aquarium, which we really enjoy.

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