I may have been predestined to have a career working in nonprofits. In first grade I was so moved by a March of Dimes appeal that came in the mail that I convinced my mother to go door to door with me to collect dimes to help premature babies.
After that experience I was hooked - holding backyard carnivals for Ronald McDonald House, selling countless boxes of Girl Scout cookies and filling banks with change for church missions.
I knew that making a difference felt right to me - but I had no idea it was a career.
Fast forward to 1992 -
I was married, a young mother who worked in marketing. After learning of the care a beloved family member received from a hospice program, I decided to give back to my community by becoming a hospice volunteer. That decision changed my life.
Several months later I was thrilled to be asked to join the program as a staff member. Working as the volunteer coordinator was a wonderful experience and I began to explore ways to raise money for the program. This led to an opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the OSF Saint James Hospital Foundation Council.
Today, I have worked with a variety of organizations including those in healthcare, human services and the arts. I have held the positions of director of development and marketing, executive director, vice president, chief operating officer, trainer and consultant.
I am past president of the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council and and current President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Great Smoky Mountain Chapter. I am proud to have held the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Professional) designation since 2002.
Since 2015, I have been an expert trainer and consultant with the Alliance for Better Nonprofits in Knoxville, TN.
Nonprofit volunteerism is also important to me. I currently serve on the boards of Positively Living, The Knoxville History Project and the League of Women Voters of the United States, located in Washington D.C.. I am also board member emeritus of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association and a community advisory board member for the Junior League of Knoxville.
As a self professed "student of life", I am always trying new things - both personally and professionally. In April, 2013, I finished my first half marathon and look forward to continuing on my journey as a runner.
In my free time I also enjoy road trips in my 2007 Mustang GT with Kent, my husband of almost 28 years. We especially enjoy going to see our favorite bands in concert.
Most importantly, I love what I do, believe in the work of nonprofit organizations and am committed to helping you meet community needs.