Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Education: BA, Public Relations and Sports Management, Ohio Northern University | MS, Integrated Marketing Communications, Loyola University Chicago
Hobbies: I love being active and I participate in a lot of sports, especially running, volleyball, and softball. I am a baseball fanatic and am still loyal to my hometown Cincinnati Reds—I love catching games in the summer! I also enjoy trying out new recipes, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Who are you?
I am the HSC’s Senior Manager of Development and Data. I help generate support through fundraising events and engaging with individual donors. I also focus on making sure staff have the tools and data available to do their job more effectively. An important part of my job is showing our supporters how much we appreciate them and sharing opportunities for people to get involved and learn more about our work. Our supporters play a key role in our organization by helping to fill funding gaps and allowing us to do our daily work.
What makes your job great?
It’s great to work for an organization with a mission you believe in. Being healthy and active is something I work hard at. I was so involved with sports as a kid that I didn’t have to think about what it meant to be active and healthy—it was part of my lifestyle as an athlete. When I stopped playing organized sports as an adult, it was a real challenge to maintain a healthy lifestyle because no one had ever taught me how to do so outside of sports. I like being a part of an organization that helps young people—regardless of their interests or background—develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. I love that I get to be a part of bringing people together to support that mission and further HSC’s work to educate kids and families about what it means to live healthy!
When did you come to Healthy Schools Campaign?
I started with HSC in October 2012. I came to the organization with experience in event planning, development and communications. While attending grad school, I worked for Mid-America Sports, an organization that consulted on charity and corporate golf and travel events. It was my work on charity events that led me to want to work in the non-profit sector. Prior to coming to HSC, I also worked as a Special Events Manager at Heartland Alliance and a Communication Coordinator at Charis Ministries.
Why did you join Healthy Schools Campaign?
It was a great opportunity to be involved with an impressive organization. The entire staff, and everyone associated with the organization, is really dedicated to the cause. My position provides an opportunity to communicate HSC’s message to people. For example, events offer a fun experience to guests, but it’s also about helping people learn about the organization and motivating them to get more involved.
Where does your motivation come from?
I think the work that HSC does is really important. Knowing that the work you do directly impacts lives is very motivating. It is also inspiring to know that the work HSC is doing can create system-wide change. While we have the ability to inspire individual students, teachers, or parents to be healthier, HSC also works to create structure through policy and education that impacts entire schools, districts and communities. It is great to be a part of something so powerful.