What are your title and main job responsibilities?
As the executive director of philanthropy at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, I proudly serve HACC’s donors through various communications and programming. My work supports HACC students by helping to raise funds for the HACC Foundation.
What inspires you to come to work every day, and why?
Every day, I am inspired to come to work knowing that I am contributing to HACC’s purpose of ‘Learning for all; learning for life.’ HACC is a special place in our community, and I am honored to be part of the team!
How do you interact with and engage students and excite them about attending HACC and learning?
I share stories that so many alumni have shared with me. HACC is an ideal choice to obtain a quality education at an affordable price. Whether students are not sure what they want to do, or know just want they want but are managing several other responsibilities, I try to encourage them with alumni success stories, because they, too, can do it.
What is one of your best moments as an employee at HACC?
One of my best moments as a HACC employee has been attending Commencement twice each year. It is so rewarding to be part of the celebration of our students’ successes, hear their stories and see their excitement.
What do you see as your greatest personal achievement?
My greatest personal achievement was arranging for my mother, brother and husband to travel to my mother’s childhood home in rural Vietnam. It was truly a moment in which our family story came full circle.
What energizes you the most and why?
I am energized by the ability we each have to help others. Whether it is helping a student afford their education or smiling at a stranger, we can each have an incredible impact.
If you could solve one community or national problem, what might that be?
If I could solve one problem, it would be for every child to have access to a healthy support system and resources to allow them to thrive.
As you look to the future, what matters most to you?
The quality of life for future generations matters most to me.
How do you enjoy spending free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and volunteering.
Who's your biggest hero, and why?
My biggest hero is the Dalai Lama. He puts compassion first, even in the face of extreme adversity.
What educational degree(s) have you obtained?
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communications from Shippensburg University.