Interviewed by: Heather Greaves, Marketing Manager, Temple Lung Center, Temple University Health System
Associate Director, Annual and Special Gifts
Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to go into a career in fundraising?
Two and a half years ago I moved to Philadelphia to work in the development office at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). I had previous experience doing fundraising for smaller membership-based organizations, but this was an opportunity to be a part of one of the best children’s hospitals in the world. Philanthropy is truly the engine that drives change in the world, and was very exciting to be a part of that at CHOP.
What are some of the most exciting aspects of your current position at Penn Medicine?
It’s exciting to be the conduit to individuals and patients who want to support the hospital. I have the opportunity and privilege to meet a variety of people every day that had an amazing experience at Penn Medicine, or are intrigued by the life-changing research that is being accomplished at the hospital, and want to have a deeper relationship with the organization.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give a young professional looking to transition into your line of work?
Think about what you are passionate about and what causes really resonates with you. If you find a mission that you can get behind, it will be easier when you are asking others for their support.
What interested you most in joining the YPN and how long have you been a member?
When I moved up here, it was the first time I had been to Philadelphia. Sean Hand and Tyler Carnall showed me what YPN was all about and what the organization had to offer. I’ve found that YPN is really the catalyst for orienting young professionals from outside the city to understand Philadelphia. I have been a member of YPN for 2 years now and was fortunate enough to be chosen to serve on the board this year.
Favorite YPN event so far?
The professional development event last June, Know the CEO with Stuart Sullivan Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at CHOP. In bringing Stuart to YPN, we were able to put a face on philanthropic involvement for young professionals in Philadelphia. As future civic leaders, I feel that we all will/have come to a point where we want to give back to causes or initiatives that are important to us, but it’s sometimes hard to navigate unfamiliar organizations to really be embedded in what we care about. This event helped to connect professionals to nonprofit causes and served as a gateway for philanthropic involvement.
What are 3 words to describe yourself?
Passionate, generous, driven
What do you like to do in your free time? Any interesting or unusual hobbies?
Being the fall, following college football, specifically Clemson has been a big part of my free time. I also am always trying to explore different parts of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania when I can, golf courses and hiking trails be some of my favorite places to venture to.
As you know, YPN has a professional development bookshelf. Is there a book that you’re currently reading or have read in the past that you would recommend?
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
What is the best advice you were ever given by a mentor or superior?
It’s who you know that gets you to the table; it’s what you know that keeps you there.
Any favorite spots in Philly?
Beiler’s doughnuts in Reading Terminal Market and Dalessandro’s Steaks in Roxborough, If I want to get a taste of back home the Chick-Fil-A at 17th and Chestnut is where you’ll find me.