Grants & Corporate Relations Manager
Describe yourself in three words: Creative, caring, and adventurous.
How did you first get involved with ACCESS? After moving to the Hampton Roads area from Michigan, I began searching for a job with one of the many nonprofits in the area. It didn’t take long for me to hear about ACCESS and all the students they help each year. After my first interview I was even more excited about all of the wonderful things that ACCESS accomplishes. I count myself lucky to get to work alongside such passionate, committed individuals every day!
What is your most memorable/rewarding moment working with ACCESS? The first time I attended our annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon – where we award our students with their scholarships - I was floored by the impact ACCESS has on so many different people. To see firsthand how excited and grateful all the students and parents were that day really confirmed in my mind that I’m in the right line of work with the right organization.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a college-bound student? Internship experience is extremely valuable when looking for your first job after graduation. It will set you apart from your peers and help you determine what type of career you want to have after graduation. The best way to learn about yourself, your ideal work environment, and your passions is to get work experience as an intern – you’d be surprised how many organizations would hire interns if you just ask!