November MVP: Missy Santorum

Missy SantorumLowcountry dynamo generates energy for Palmetto Electric.

Most of us start our day with a cup of coffee to rev things up.   However, some of us come “naturally caffeinated”…our own little latte of energy.

There’s energetic, and then there’s Missy Santorum. This Lowcountry dynamo has been channeling all that get-up and go into our community since 1985 and without a coffee cup in sight. The moment you meet her, all that energy comes through and you realize that her to-do list seems to be in a whole different league than most.

When asked what she wishes she had a little more of, she’s quick to note, “I wish I could do it all.” But she’s a great example of today’s well-rounded woman who manages to balance her career, her family, which includes husband Dan and three children, and a volunteer workload and dedication to her community that might seem remarkable to most, but just part of a day in the life for Santorum.

When not busy in her role as public relations manager for Palmetto Electric, you’ll more than likely find her involved with everything from ballet to baseball. With two daughters Caroline and Allie involved in dance and son Michael at bat, it’s all about family.

She comes by her go get em attitude and energy honestly.

If you ask her who it is she most admires and models her life after it’s “Mom.”

Her father died at the young age of 49 and her mother held the reins of the family for Santorum and her siblings while serving as the assistant superintendent of schools for Knoxville, Tennessee, her hometown.

Part of who she has become is attributable to her mother. “My mom always had great words of wisdom,” she said. “I miss that.” But those traits live on in Santorum who has made an impact on her family and her community that her mom would be proud of.

Her community involvement revolves around her family and her passions. She’s simply someone who believes in action over words. When she arrived at her job  with Palmetto Electric 13 years ago, she noted that there wasn’t an organized community involvement effort, so she simply built one that over time has grown tremendously. Last year, her employee campaign efforts for United Way raised more than $20,000 for local charities.

She serves on the board of Hilton Head Dance Theatre as well as Room at the Inn, the only maternity home in the state that takes single homeless pregnant women in with other children. The program also helps them get an education and a better future for their families. She’s passionate about it and it shows.

She’s also an 18-year member of the Hilton Head Zonta organization whose mission is tied to women and children throughout the Lowcountry

First and foremost, her passion for her family is obvious. When asked what she truly wishes for their future she said she relishes those moments of watching them do what they love … watching their successes and their losses and having those teachable moments that make a difference in their lives.

Making a difference definitely matters to Missy Santorum.

“I’ve lived here long enough to see some of the people that have been helped through Zonta and other organizations grow and prosper and that’s really rewarding,” she said.