- How did you get into health care philanthropy?
I was hired to coordinate events and sponsorship for a major gala benefiting my community hospital. I felt especially passionate about this particular hospital, as it was my hospital, I could walk to it from my home and my children were born there. Even more special, the gala was paying tribute to the late Steve Stravo who had been the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (my previous “for-profit” employer) and the Foundation president was impressed that I had not only met Mr. Stavro and his family, that I was knowledgeable about his remarkable community contributions. Eventually, I took on some major gift prospects and managed some important relationships, which sparked my interest in development as a long term career.
- Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?
I had the strong desire to put my professional experience and skill set to meaningful use. I felt a deep connection to my community and especially my community hospital. I wanted to do my part to ensure the best possible health care, not only for my family - but for my community.
- What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?
The number one factor to the success in my career so far is definitely strong and supportive leadership. I’ve had wonderful leaders who allowed me to chase my dreams and do I what I love most.
- What is your greatest passion and why?
Doing my part to raise smart, compassionate children who are inspired make their community a better place to live, work and play.
- What are your future aspirations?
To continue to grow in my role and make a positive impact on my community.