1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?
I have had the privilege of working in healthcare for the past 20 years. Throughout my career, I have met the most amazing and inspirational people; physicians, nurses, patients, frontline workers, and volunteers. It was during my tenure in the Intensive Care Unit that I was inspired to become a philanthropist. I wanted to give back and be the reason for change, by raising the much needed funds to support patients and their families. I am grateful every day for the experiences that have led me to become the person I am today, so that I can continue to put patients and donors at the forefront of everything I do.
2. Why did you choose to make healthcare philanthropy your career?
The philanthropic sector is a place where your passion can really make a difference. For me, it’s a way of life, a continuous desire to dedicate my time, skill, and love of community to care for others. For these reasons, it is the driving force behind everything that I do and gives me purpose. I am extremely grateful each day to raise awareness, support, and engage donors in the healthcare sector, in the hopes of making a positive impact. I always wanted a career that was exciting, impactful, and allowed me to lead and drive change; and healthcare philanthropy helps me to accomplish this. The best part; building relationships with all of the wonderful donors who make the change happen.
3. Tell us about a pivot point or crucial step in your career journey.
This is when I joined the Erie Shores Health Foundation as the Executive Director in 2018. This was a pivotal step in my career trajectory that I had spent my entire life working to achieve. I feel so honored to be a part of an organization that believes in the power of generosity to save and change lives. Each day the ESH Foundation advances the philanthropic mission of both Erie Shores HealthCare and The Hospice Erie Shores Campus by raising, stewarding, and allocating funds in advancement of rural healthcare. I continue to work each day in support of these endeavors, and to continuously earn the privilege that has been bestowed on me.
4. What was your first job, and what is something it taught you?
My first job was working as a cashier at McDonald’s. I was very eager to take on this responsibility and to start earning my own money. The most valuable lessons I learned from this opportunity were how to effectively communicate with customers, provide exceptional customer service, and that I do not look good in pleated pants. All very important attributes I carry with me to this day.
5. What are your future aspirations?
I pride myself on being a life-long learner, and as such, my future aspirations are to continue my academic career and pursue my Doctrine in Business Administration. Having recently graduated with my Masters in Business Administration, I see tremendous value in continuing my education so that I can further enhance my work within the healthcare philanthropic sector.
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