Member Spotlight: Mellissa Gallagher

Mellissa Gallagher

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Development and Events Manager

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

A:           Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change    their lives for the better, forever. Not only am I an employee of BBBS, but I also volunteer my time as a Big Sister. It has been a very rewarding    experience and sometimes I think my “Little Sister” has had a greater impact on me than I have on her!   

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I just officially joined in December, but am excited for the training and opportunities AFP has to offer!

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:           Four years. To be completely honest, I just sort of fell into the fundraising field. I knew I wanted to make a difference in our community and the first job I got out of college was a fundraising job and I’ve stuck with it ever since. None of the amazing work done by non-profits could be accomplished without money and that’s what makes fundraising work so rewarding.

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           There is always so much happening in Columbus, with sporting events, concerts, special events, etc. – there is always something new/different to do! My favorite restaurant is Cameron’s American Bistro in Linworth—it’s amazing!

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I was a competitive figure skater for fifteen years and even skated in college at Miami University. Now, I coach basic skills group lessons and a synchronized skating team at The Chiller Ice Rinks here in Columbus!

Posted: January 2016