What would you like people to know about you?
I’ve been in nonprofit leadership roles for the last 23 years — as both a volunteer, board member, and employee. Leadership positions in large organizations that require massive administrative distractions can pull you away from the real mission. Small- to mid-sized organizations with a compelling, human services mission, like the NFXF, is where you can really see the difference. Making a difference makes all the difference for me. It’s knowing and seeing the work that I’m doing is, in some way, having a positive impact on an individual, group or community. This is what keeps me motivated every day.
What are the qualities you admire most?
- Hard work
- Smart work
- An all-consuming desire to fulfill the mission
Can you describe your leadership style?
- I am easygoing, friendly, approachable, have a sense of humor, and genuinely care about the people I’m working with.
- I have an “open door” policy, am a good listener, a thoughtful communicator, and I value the involvement of those who care about the success of our organization.
- I would rather facilitate collaboration and teamwork, rather than, control and micro-manage.
- Big decisions deserve careful consideration, thorough research, and the input of key stakeholders.
- I believe it is important to be emotionally consistent while on the job. Meaning, in good times and in bad, I will always remain composed and even-tempered.
- My laid back demeanor is often misinterpreted. Those who really know me know I am highly competitive, must be successful, expect positive results, and am passionate about my work.
- I am reliable, have a strong work ethic, and never lose sight of the mission. I also expect that from the people I work with.
- If you come to me with a problem, expect we’re going to work on the solution, together.
- If you come to me with an idea, expect we’re going to work on the plan, together.
- I will keep you informed about what I’m working on and the progress I’m making. I will also expect the same from the people I work with.
- Win-win partnerships are the only ones that are worthwhile and sustainable.
- People are the most valuable resource in every organization.
What specifically do you expect to accomplish over the next three months?
My objectives for my first 90 days are as follows:
- Ask questions…listen…learn…repeat.
- Identify current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, as well as priority issues that need urgent attention.
- Compile a baseline of information that will serve as the foundation of a new or revised strategic plan.
- Empower staff, board and volunteers to take ownership of our strategies.
- Establish and expect open and consistent communication.
- Maximize relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Increase visibility, awareness and fundraising for the NFXF.
- Develop an organization-wide understanding that:
- Every individual has the capacity to contribute to our success.
- Working together is the optimum way to achieve our objectives.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
I will do anything and everything in my power to take the organization to the next level, to fulfill the mission and vision as established by the Board of Directors, and to move the organization forward. This may take awhile, but working together is a force multiplier!