What are your title and main job responsibilities?
I am the HACC Foundation operations and communications coordinator. I manage all administrative functions for the HACC Foundation. My primary responsibilities include managing the administrative duties for Foundation Board meetings and committee meetings, managing HACC Foundation marketing projects and recruiting high-performing Board members. I also direct the employee application process to award non-scholarship funding for college initiatives and capital projects four times each year.
What inspires you to come to work every day, and why?
I am inspired by my desire to help change the lives of students at HACC. As a HACC alumna, I recognize the benefits of a quality education.
How do you interact with and engage students and excite them about attending HACC and learning?
In my position, I do not work directly with students often. However, I speak with students during my [almost] daily walks around campus. I enjoy sharing the ways HACC changed my life and letting them know the journey can be transformational.
What is one of your best moments as an employee at HACC?
I have a lot of fond memories during my time at HACC. Many of my days include laughter, because I work with such a quirky, fun team. However, my best moment was when my OCA colleagues hosted a surprise party for another colleague and me to celebrate our graduations. I often accidentally ruin surprises – personally and professionally – so a successful surprise was a highlight.
What do you see as your greatest personal achievement?
Graduating with my bachelor’s degree in marketing is my greatest personal achievement to date. After I graduated from high school, I attended HACC for one semester. Many people told me I would never get a degree if I took time off. After experiencing the workforce and learning more about myself and my goals, I returned and completed two associate degrees from HACC and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University.
What energizes you the most and why?
My colleagues would probably tell you that I am always bubbly and energized. My desire to live a happy, full life keeps me that way.
If you could solve one community or national problem, what might that be?
I find the wage gap between the richest and poorest in the United States appalling. I would decrease the wage gap to ensure that each of us could live comfortably while working one full-time job.
As you look to the future, what matters most to you?
As I approach my 30s, I continue to recognize the importance of balance. The typical “work hard, play hard” is important to me. I want to expand my cultural knowledge through travel, spend time with loved ones and continue to achieve professional success.
How do you enjoy spending free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with loved ones, hiking and reading. During the colder months, I often hibernate inside while dreaming of warm, sunny weather.
Who’s your biggest hero, and why?
This is always a hard question for me, because my biggest hero constantly changes. It ranges from Ellen DeGeneres for her advocacy work and sense of humor; my aunt for being a role model I continue to look up to; or the person who helps me reach the water in the very back of the top shelf when I go to the grocery store alone.
What educational degree(s) have you obtained?
I have a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Franklin University and an associate degree in business administration and an associate degree in general studies from HACC.