When did you first get involved with CCFI?
I served as the Executive Director for 13 years (1997 – 2010).
Why were you moved to join CCFI as an employee?
JSI has always done incredible work in the community. I was excited and honored to lead and grow this organization. Filling the shoes of the great Libba Smith was a difficult task and one I took very seriously.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The team! Identifying community needs and finding solutions to address those needs is easy with a team of talented, professional staff and a board of directors who took their responsibilities and fundraising/governance duties seriously. They compare being an Executive Director for a year with dog years – one year equals seven years….and that’s the truth! It’s difficult work; however, with a team of competent, creative people around you, it’s a joy! A BIG thank you to all with whom I worked! YOU made JSI/CCFI impactful and my years there, memorable and meaningful.
What do you feel is the biggest impact CCFI has made on the community?
Helping so many children and families. Families who often are overlooked as we live in our “happy bubble.” These families bring richness, diversity and unexpected gifts to our community. And then there are those families who look “fine” on the outside, who are sitting down the pew, who live across the street, who have struggles no one sees. They also come to CCFI for support. Every child deserves to grow up safe, nurtured and loved. And at CCFI, this vision is humanized each time someone has the courage to walk through the doors.
What would you like to say to encourage others to get involved with CCFI, whether by donating or volunteering?
It’s not enough to be compassionate, you must act. A quote I still have in my office to remind me to put my words into action. Get involved, share your resources – time, talent, and treasure. As Nancy O’Brian used to ask often, “Do we really like children?” If your answer is YES, then make it happen!