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Why did you choose your profession?
I feel so lucky to have discovered my profession. I set out to save the world, got a social work degree and was off and running. The turning point from direct service social work to fundraising came when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria. I realized that I really enjoyed raising funds for a cause that was making a positive impact on people’s lives. Since then I have raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, NHPR, and now The Derryfield School. I have the best job, and I see it everyday in the smiling faces of students who love to learn, are going to change the world, and one day come back to New Hampshire and carry the torch. It’s magical.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I believe that we can make change and have a positive impact on our communities. To me, it’s something that everyone should do. New Hampshire in particular is a really special place to get involved in the community because of its size. I have always felt like what I’m doing is actually helping, and we have a unique opportunity as a small close-knit state to take an idea and run with it.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Surround yourself with people who love life as much as you do. Travel as much as you can. Have fun in everything you do! Embrace change. Invest in Apple.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
One of the greatest assets we have in New Hampshire are our people — I meet interesting people here all the time! Anything we can do to connect young professionals to mentors, internships, and interesting people, the more they will see the opportunities they have here.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Visiting classrooms in the new Science and Innovation Center we are currently raising money for at Derryfield. I can’t wait to see the project come to fruition, and the impact it will have on our students and our community!
What was your last major achievement?
Does celebrating my 10-year wedding anniversary count? That felt pretty awesome!
Volunteer activities: Current board member of Stay Work Play. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2005-07. I have served on the board of the Planned Giving Group of New England, and the Concord Young Professionals, volunteered for the Aviation Museum of N.H. helping to plan their annual gala, and participate in local charity bike events like the Payson, Prouty, or Cycle for CF.
Who's in the photo: Anna and The Derryfield School mascot.