Director of Development
The First Tee of Central Ohio
Q: Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?
A: The First Tee of Central Ohio’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that are designed around teaching the game of golf, as well as helping them understand and develop The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement. We serve 5 Central Ohio Counties and have programs in over 40 Columbus Public Schools as well as KIPP and Afterschool All Star’s.
I love working with young people and I love Golf!
Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?
A: I have been an AFP member since 2010. I started out as a member of the Membership Committee and then was asked to start and Chair our Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
A: I consider the most valuable part of my AFP membership to be the educational information that I get from the programs and from the members who have been in philanthropy for a while. I want to always be learning and growing professionally and my membership is the best value and opportunity for me to stay informed on all aspects of philanthropy.
Q: How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?
A: After over 20 years of contract sales and sales management in Columbus and Atlanta, I started fundraising in 2010 at St. Charles Preparatory High School. I was asked to help professionalize their Annual Fund in the development department and to also help with diversity recruitment and retention.
Q: What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?
A: I love being back at home in Columbus where I grew up and to be able to help out with my aging parents. Columbus has grown so much and it is a great place to live and work. No Real Traffic!
My favorite restaurant is Ms. Ena’s Caribbean! I love Jamaican Food!
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.
A: I was a DJ for 15 years. I love Music!
Posted: April 2016