When Did You Start At Emmaus?
I started at Emmaus as the CFO in August of 2009. When our former CEO resigned a few months later I was asked to be the interim CEO and was officially appointed CEO in January 2010.
What Originally Made You Want to Work For Emmaus?
I had spent most of my career working with non-profits in several different capacities. I wanted to work for a larger organization and have the opportunity for further professional development. I loved the faith-based history of the organization. I thought any mission that started with “Arising from our faith in Jesus Christ”, was a worthy way to spend the next phase of my career.
What Has Been Your Most Memorable Moment at Emmaus?
There are countless memories, like the first time Shawn hugged me, or the first time Norman remembered my name, but ironically some of the most memorable moments happen at the funerals of clients we have been honored to serve. Families often share stories of how blessed they were to have found our services and staff share stories that portray the love and friendships they have built with our clients. It reminds me of what a privilege it is to lead this organization.
What’s One Thing You’re Looking Forward to for the Future of Emmaus?
I am looking forward to the time when the Direct Support Professional is acknowledged like a true profession….just like nurses and teachers and other professionals. It takes a special person with a wide range of skills to do this work and it needs to be acknowledged for the importance it plays in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Are You Involved in Anything Outside of Emmaus?
I’m currently serving as the President of MARF, our statewide trade association. I’m active in several leadership roles with my church. I have had to learn to limit my commitments. If you are familiar with the Enneagram, I’m a “2” or “the helper”. That sometimes gets me in trouble when I overcommit myself! I do enjoy hanging out with my husband and children and we enjoy entertaining, especially in the summertime at the pool.