Job title: Director of Development
Employed by: Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
What I like most about my job: Talking to people! If you don’t know me already, I LOVE TO TALK! I once made a feeble attempt to practice law and was disappointed that they expected me to read and write all the time…I wanted to be with clients! Being in development provides me a great opportunity to meet with and chat up some of the most generous and interesting folks. Whether it is donors, volunteers or other fundraising professionals, I am constantly rewarded by the interactions I have every day.
My goals as Scholarship Chair are to: In addition to awarding Summer Institute and Chamberlain Scholarships to the very best applicants, the committee has agreed to work towards establishing a fellowship opportunity within our chapter. We think this would be a great opportunity for professional development as well as a way for that person to continue to give back to the fundraising community and our Lowcountry AFP chapter. (Cue, shameless plug: IF you are interested in helping to develop this opportunity, please reach out to me as we would be delighted to have you on the Scholarship Committee!)
What I am looking forward to while serving on the board: Our local AFP board boasts an INSANE amount of talent, experience and brainpower! As a newbie, I have already absorbed so much from this group. I’m looking forward to being as smart of the rest of the board by the end of my commitment.
I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: Originally, I joined because a former employer offered the membership for free. However, the reason I REMAIN a member is all of the great networking and educational opportunities. The more I put into AFP, the more I get out of it! There are not a lot of resources for learning how to fundraise and/or run your own development shop. (Well, not practical ones anyway.) AFP resources/seminars inform a lot of my day-to-day work and also provide me relationships/colleagues with whom I can bounce ideas back and forth. (Hey, it keeps me gainfully employed!)
I'm originally from: Greenville, South Carolina
My hobbies include: The domestic pursuits associated with mothering a 20-month old boy, two beagles and a 34-year-old man-child. (Between that and work, I don’t have time for a “hobbies.” Wait, does Pinterest count?)
Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I am licensed to practice law in South Carolina.
If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Wait, does this week come with unlimited funding? If so, I would charter a yacht to Monaco. If this week takes place on my budget, then I would probably stay at the Holiday Inn and catch up on my sleep.