Cheli Curran, executive director/ CEO of Domestic Violence Project, Inc., has been serving her community for more than 20 years, mostly in victim service populations, seeking to find voices for the underserved. She and her family have lived in downtown Canton for six years and are avid supporters of the arts and downtown living.
What book got you interested in your career?
“Secrets of Six-Figure Women” by Barbara Stanny (306 pages, 2002). My husband brought this book home from the library for me on a Friday, and by Monday, I had enrolled to go back to college. After reading this book, I knew I wanted to translate my social service career into nonprofit business management. Four years later, I received my MBA, and I now fulfill that mission.
What is the book that shocked you the most?
“Consumed” by David Cronenberg (320 pages, 2014). I am a huge Cronenberg fan, and he shocks me at every turn. However, this book … just read it!
What is the last book you read?
“The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk (466 pages, 2014). This is one of my nerd-out topics. I am always reading something about the effects of childhood trauma and how it impacts the brain and body in adulthood. It’s how I stay connected to the people I have chosen to serve in my career.
What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
“The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand (672 pages, 1943). This book is my center and where I turn to find myself. Her use of words and fluid thoughts always keep me grounded.
What is the last book that made you cry?
“Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan (402 pages, 2007). I love Frank Llyod Wright’s architecture and simple and functional design; however, his love story was heart breaking. I can’t remember crying so much reading a book.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Ayn Rand. Only one reason … her perfect control of the written word.