Director of Major Gifts
Time at AJFCS: 1 Year
I am part of the AJFCS/LJRFS team because it allows me to connect the caring hearts of donors to an agency whose core values are integrity, compassion, empathy, and respect. We make a real difference in people’s lives, impacting them on every level. I am proud to represent an organization that is committed to helping not not just the needy, but all those with needs.
My life goal has always been to make an impact and I was pleased to have played a part in that role through my practice in speech-language pathology and my career in medical sales. Feeling it was time to give back in a larger capacity, I joined the national fundraising teams of a few wonderful organizations. However, until working with AJFCS, I had never experienced an agency with so many tentacles in the community impacting individuals and families on a permanent basis. To see the joy on the face of a child from a single parent home who has developed a close bond with his mentor in our Mentoring 4 Kids program, to watch a victim of domestic violence gain the confidence to leave her abuser, to see the relief on a senior’s face when he/she is provided with numerous services to retain their independence, to watch the disabled adult residents of our group home and apartment programs take the next step towards self-sufficiency - these experiences just warm a donor’s heart, as well as my own.