Q. What is your role and duties at 360 Youth Services?
A. I serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the agency. I am responsible for moving the organization forward through fundraising, communications, collaborative initiatives and by developing relationships with key constituents.
Q. What is your background and what led you to 360?
A. My undergraduate degree is in Communications from Northwestern University; my Master’s is in Adult Instructional Management from Loyola University. I also have certificates from Northwestern University’s Executive Education program in Nonprofit Management. I have been involved in the nonprofit sector for many years as a volunteer, board member, staff member, mentor or consultant.
For a number of years, our family has been involved with a mother and daughter living in Chicago who had been homeless. Through them, we have come to understand the many trials and barriers that those experiencing the overwhelming challenge of homelessness face. I actually approached 360 when I knew the position had opened as the mission so closely aligned with my personal passion. (The organization provides housing for homeless youth, substance abuse prevention education, and counseling.)
Q. What gets you excited about your work?
A. Seeing the incredible progress of the young people we serve. I love hearing about what they’re doing, how they overcame challenges and celebrating their successes with them.
Q. Your work is to promote and raise money. What’s your biggest success story?
A. Any success I experience is shared by many. One of our successes at 360 is to implement a planned giving program to grow our endowment. As part of that, we established a Legacy Society. The program is off to a great start. Changing a will or trust to include an agency represents the highest level of trust from an individual to an organization and it ensures a solid future for the organization.
Q. You’ve been very involved in Naperville. What keeps you involved and motivated?
A. I am constantly inspired by all the great work happening in this community. As I truly value a collaborative spirit, I am always striving to bring people together. My motto is, “None of us is as good as all of us.” Together, we are accomplishing much for many people.
Q. What’s your favorite thing to do in Naperville?
A. My favorite thing to do is enjoy the many fine restaurants in Naperville. My current favorite is Paris Bistro in South Naperville.
Q. You were a familiar face at NCTV. Do you miss the limelight?
A. I am really focused on helping the young people 360 serves. Their stories and potential are what drive me. I will always be NCTV’s “No. 1 Fan” and still do a few things as a volunteer for them, such as voice-overs. I loved my time there but appreciate the chance to work for a cause that aligns with my passion.
Q. What advice would you give to women just starting out in the work world?
A. Expect a winding career path and enjoy each turn of it. Each position expands your experience base and makes you better for the next one.
Q. What is your involvement in the Chamber, WIB and community?
A. I have been involved in the Chamber for a number of years. I am a past Chair of the Nonprofit Network. I try to attend as many Women in Business breakfasts, luncheons, Business After Hours and chamber events as possible. The networking is most valuable to me. I have formed many great relationships that I value both professionally and personally through the Chamber.
I try to support other nonprofits as much as I can by attending their events and celebrating the incredible work they are doing. I am also a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, Good Shepherd Church and the West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
Q. Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
A. I am an opera lover. I was on the Board of Lyric Opera’s first young professional chapter which has since grown significantly. I met my husband at Lyric and we still enjoy opera together 32 years later.