OHVMA Member Focus
Member: Joined at the 2016 Fall Conference
Lee is at a facility that has 262 beds. Her Volunteer Group consists of 370 volunteers!
Q: What does being a member of OHVMA mean to you professional?
A: Being a part of OHVMA has helped me grow in so many ways; such as: giving me new tools to help my volunteer programs, personal growth, understanding what volunteering is all about, meeting new managers and learning about their programs, helping me to create new programs for my volunteers, and to have a group of people to go to that will help with any question I may have about volunteering.
Q: What is your most successful program and why?
A: Recruiting younger volunteers and learning about the new breed of volunteers. I was given an amazing group of volunteers at Genesis. The majority of my volunteers are age 70 -92. I need to know how to recruit younger volunteers and figure out how to fit their needs.
A: To be honest I was in a position that did not make me happy. I found a position that I had no idea what it was about, but sounded fun – the department assistant of volunteer services. I never thought I would end up where I am today, but as the manager retired I was able to show my skills to take on the manager role. I wouldn’t change it for anything. It has been the greatest challenge to push me to learn and grow!
Q: Three words that describe you----A: organized, outgoing and caring
Q: How do you define success---A: gaining all that you have reached out to achieve and having fun on the way!
Q: What has been your proudest moment----A: I have several moments, but the top four are; giving birth to my two beautiful children – Luke & Zena; graduating from college; and becoming a Certified Riding Instructor for riders with special abilities on horseback!
Q: If you were stuck on an island – what three things would you bring ----A: Knife, Bible & matches
Q: What advice would you give to a recent Volunteer Director Newbee?
A: To be patient, open-minded, understand all the different generations that you are dealing with, to know who your volunteers are, and to make yourself visible to each of the volunteers!
Q: What are your hopes for our profession?
A: To keep the love of giving back to others, with nothing in return!
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I would like to change it --- “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Because I will never grow up---I want to be a famous singer!
Q: What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
A: To know that it’s okay to make a mistake, as long as you grow from it!
Q: You’d like to be famous for---
A: Showing kindness towards each and every one I have met and that I was a known as a determined person!
Thank you, again! Lee! Please reach out to Lee (in the Central District) – what a joy!