HelpLine spotlights are an opportunity for our staff, volunteers and Board members, to share little-known facts or details about their lives. Each member brings unique talents and expertise, but all share a passion for empowering people with hope, help, and healing.
Tell us about your family: I am married to my husband, Bryan, and together we have five adult children, four grandchildren, and a cat. I have lived in Delaware County for more than 35 years.
Why did you want to be a HelpLine board member? I have been involved with non-profits since college, where I received leadership training through an active Greek Life with role models who were always giving back to the community. I have served on numerous Foundation Boards and non-profits. Becoming involved with HelpLine has provided me with information regarding the need for fighting sexual and domestic violence and helping support all areas of mental health that are so needed in our community. I am proud to be a tiny part of an organization that does so much good to promote a mentally healthier world! Community growth means increased community needs, I believe that those who have been given much have a responsibility to lift up those who have not been as fortunate.
Best professional advice: “Be a good listener”, listening is a skill that is vital to the group process and too many people like to talk but not listen.
What are your favorite sports teams? I grew up in western Pennsylvania and have always been a Pittsburgh Steeler fan and am a Penn State Nittany Lion! Although I am also a Buckeye fan unless playing Penn State!
Where’s your favorite vacation destination? We love wintering in Sarasota Florida to soak up the sun. I also get to travel the world with my husband who is the current president of the World Allergy Organization. In 1993, I took my mother to Italy to meet cousins she had never met. That trip was life-changing for me. I love anywhere in Italy. My family reconnected with our distant family there and stay very connected to this day to many cousins in all parts of Italy as a result of that trip. There is nowhere in Italy that I do not want to visit. I have made numerous trips there but always want to return. Visiting the place my grandfather was born and raised was an amazing experience and made so many things more real for me. It was a magical experience for me personally.
My favorite book to gift to others: The Four Things That Matter Most by Dr. Ira Byock. The author is a hospice physician and shares his experience with people preparing to die. It motivated me to heal an important relationship in my life!!! A tiny book with a mighty message!
How would others describe you: I started a Women’s Giving Circle more than 10 years ago and we often gift necklaces to members with a one-word descriptor on it, my word was “Resolute”. I assume that is because I feel that “if there’s a will, there’s a way” and am not shy about creating programs and filling needs that are evident.
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