I find fulfillment in building and developing a compassionate work culture that supports optimal performance for my entire team here at the Music Project. Hired in 2014 as the Development Director and promoted in 2016 to Executive Director, I bring over 17 years of nonprofit management experience to the Music Project.
My role as Executive Director is never boring, EVER! It is a very exciting, fast-paced, and mentally stimulating job. The work is so varied, I am constantly learning new skills and fine-tuning existing ones. Among them are public speaking, writing, facilitation, giving and receiving feedback, evaluation, negotiation, bookkeeping and accounting, HR, supervision, strategic thinking, event planning, method acting, speed reading, plumbing, and carpentry. Seriously, I feel like my years of being in nonprofit work have prepared me to handle anything. I get to help shape my organization’s culture and create an organization that lives up to its values. By taking up this role and by accepting its many challenges and privileges, I get to use my power to lift others up, to encourage people to pay attention to important things, and by doing so, advance social justice. I get to make the world a better place! Being a nonprofit Executive Director is a stressful, often thankless job, I’m not going to lie. AND it is also one of the best and most rewarding jobs ever. I don’t regret a single day of my years doing it.
My excitement for families and children and community began when I started working at Walt Disney World Co. and was sprinkled with pixie dust at the happiest place in the world. This path led me into nonprofit service work where I began supporting prekindergarten and school readiness programs at the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County in 2003 before returning to my hometown in 2011 where I did business development for a preschool of the arts before accepting my position at the Music Project.
Since returning to Everett, I actively explore local issues and new leadership strategies to prepare me for civic involvement in my community, am a proud Leadership Snohomish County Signature Class of 2016 graduate and am engaged with Snohomish County’s Human Services Executives Council, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, and eWomen Network.
Where is your hometown? Born and raised in Seattle, WA.
Who inspires you? My grandmother. She is the kindest, compassionate, and most faithful soul I’ve ever known. She loves without judgment, lives deeply rooted in her faith, is well-traveled, and has always humbly lived within her means by farming fresh foods and repurposing anything and everything she could. I have said in these past few years since she has suffered her stroke, that I want my end of life to go just like hers… a revolving door of loved ones coming and going from her bedside daily sharing stories of past times and authentic moments of joy.
What did you want to be when growing up? A veterinarian. What can I say, animals are my weakness?
If you could plan a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Sailing through the Greek islands on a small private yacht.
What gives you joy? Nature, family, animals, and seeing joy in others.
If you were stuck on an island, what three (3) things would you bring? A fully provisioned yacht, satellite phone, my husband.
Share a fun fact about you. Part of the opening crew of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998!