This post is part of an occasional series focusing on Leadership Development Academy graduates and what they have done, personally and professionally, in the years following their LDA experience. Please contact us if you would like to be profiled here, or would like to recommend a graduate for us to feature.
What are you doing now?
II am a Project Coordinator for Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change, a substance abuse prevention agency.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A CPA. I know — crazy, right? But I ended up getting my degree in Social Work!
How did LDA help you on your journey?
Because I have worked in nonprofit all of my professional life, I had not networked with the business sector much so I really appreciate those connects. It also helped me to jump outside my comfort zone and take a deeper look at my limiting thought processes.
What piece of advice would you give a new LDA participant?
Really take advantage of the process and make as many connections as possible. Keep an open mind and learn from the process.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What is that? No really, I don’t think I have any of that. 😊
Favorite Rock County event:
I LOVE Rock for Recovery that is hosted by Rock County Human Services in collaboration with several other local organizations. This event is so important to our community members that have, are, or have a loved one in active addiction or in recovery.
Where do you volunteer?
Where do you volunteer? Right now, I volunteer with BIG Impact Group as a part of their board.
When you reflect on your LDA experience, what is your fondest memory? Scariest Memory?
I surprised everyone when I was wild about the ropes courses! It was so much fun and I refused to come down until I had tackled all the courses! That experience and behavior was way outside my “norm” as a green/gold.
Future goal or dream?
I would like to finish my master’s in social work or mental health counselling.
I can’t say that I have any regrets because I strongly believe that every life experience (especially those that hurt us the most) shape who we are and I have to say that, although I will always have room to work and grow, I am becoming the person that I was meant to be.
Why have you stayed involved with LDA?
I feel strongly that this program is beneficial for the professionals in our area and that everyone should take advantage of it. I am also excited that they are looking to add a youth component!
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Who do you look up to as a community leader/mentor?
There are so many people in Rock County that are working hard and making a difference. It would be impossible to pick one. The more I get to know people in our community, the more people I look up to!
Do you know of any new non-profits that might need community support now?
BIG Impact Group is new, and they serve youth that have mental health and behavioral issues. They are undertaking a HUGE need in our community, and I am excited for their work!