Who is Rosalie Happel?

I am…

The youngest of eight children born in Eastern Kentucky.

First generation college funded in part by my service in the US Army Reserves.

I am thankful and proud of my Kentucky heritage.  My dad taught to shoot straight with my rifle and my actions.  My mom taught me to garden in the summer and can vegetables for the winter.  The same techniques I’ve passed on to my daughter.

Former Junior Miss of Peach County, Georgia.  Which was by the way not a beauty pageant, but a scholarship program for distinguished young women.  The suit that you see in the picture below was designed and sewn by yours truly.

As a single mom those sewing skills came in handy for my daughter’s many years on stage.  It turns out costumes are much more affordable when homemade. 

A reformed computer geek.  I wrote programs that created clinical trials, data entry screens, and affiliated databases. 

A self-taught herbalist taking my mother’s practices to a higher level.

Forever a student and constantly studying/looking for healthy food choices and natural remedies.

A believer that body, mind and spirit all need balance. 

Yoga and Pilates advocate. 

Mountain biking at Salem Lake with Brad trailing behind is a favorite weekly activity.

NC State parks are a current obsession of mine.

I follow my intuition, and have deep empathy for all living creatures.

I smile easily and am quick to laugh, but I can be brutally honest and fierce when it is required.

This is my story.  All of these things have somehow come together and created the person you see sitting here today.  Sharing my story has never been easy for me.  I am a very private person, so I understand the anxiety that comes with making yourself vulnerable especially to new people.  But the community that is Happel Financial is special to me and we can’t be real unless we are open.  I have experienced with our community, stories of romantic wedding engagements, shared the loss of a spouse, laughed at the antics of grandchildren and even shared my “Milk Kefir” grains. I believe that Brad and I can contribute in a positive, meaningful way to this community.  It’s not about us.  In fact, it’s much bigger than us.  But I think more people need to have an honest advocate to represent their interests.  Happel Financial is a partner that you can trust.  Will you lean into those fears with me?  Together sharing isn’t as scary.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to get involved with some of the most hardworking and wonderful people I know through Happel Financial.

Rosalie Perdue Happel