Q: Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?
A: OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is an integrated, regional health system with a presence in Ohio for over 100 years. Serving patients since 1891, OhioHealth’s mission is “to improve the health of those we serve.” Each year, OhioHealth has over three million patient visits at our hospitals and care sites spanning a 40-county area and affords each patient high-quality healthcare, wellness, and prevention and education services – regardless of their ability to pay.
I’m proud to represent OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and find working with our patients and their families the most rewarding part of my role.
Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?
A: I joined AFP beginning in 2005 but due to working outside of Columbus let my membership lapse until I rejoined in 2014.
Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
A: I find the opportunity to network with colleagues in the fundraising profession to be one of the best aspects of joining AFP. I also enjoy the monthly educational luncheons and the opportunity to learn and gain new insights into philanthropy which enhance my skills.
Q: How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?
A: I started my development career in 2005 after leaving The Longaberger Company as their Director of Corporate Giving where I was responsible for working with non-profit organizations in the communities where our associates lived and worked. I found the passion and commitment that non-profit leaders needed to be successful was a motivating factor to transition to this very rewarding career in development.
Q: What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?
A: I love working in Columbus because of the diversity and entrepreneurial spirit where businesses and the community as a whole thrives. Columbus is a big city, but still has that small town feel that makes living here and raising a family here so enjoyable.
Cooper’s Hawk is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the wine tastings and the food is always great!
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.
A: I’m the proud Mom to 4 young men, Taylor – 23, Spencer – 21, Hunter – 21 and Jared – 17. If I can raise 4 boys as a single-parent, I figure I can do just about anything!!
Posted: July 2016