Leader


Community Leader & Partnership Ally

 

A candle loses nothing by lighting another. Father James Keller

With so much darkness in the world, each and every one of us is responsible to share our special talents to make a difference. For me the talents most called for have been collaborative team building and leadership. I have that rare, odd, and bizarre mix of big picture vision and nearsightedness – it might have been a curse, but with the right focus it can be reframed as strategic vision with attention to detail. Throughout my life and with nearly a decade committed in a leadership role in the launch and evolution of Infinite Family, I have found that at the heart of meaningful impact is a commitment to integrity and transparency. I am passionate about mentoring and volunteerism, and I regularly advocate for others to give back. At the request of Points of Light, I recorded my journey for StoryCorps, the country’s largest oral history project.


 

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Infinite Family is an international non-profit using video technology to connect adult mentors with South African teens (affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty) so they might build self-reliance and become resourceful, resilient, and responsible. For a nearly a decade, I was involved in virtually every aspect of the business model. As President and Board Chair, I spearheaded the transition from entrepreneurial to organizational model, including vision and mission setting, strategic thinking and planning, building infrastructure and sustainability, organizational branding, communications across diverse stakeholders, leveraging opportunities and team building.


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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

Points of Light honors the contribution of the individual – they know that people are at the center of change. And, that people today have more power to drive change than ever before. I’m proud to advocate for volunteerism and the great work of Points of Light. Drops in a bucket do add up.


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DePauw University: I served on the Alumni Board for six years and on the Career Services committee, which I chaired the last two years of my term. I remain an ongoing resource for mentoring students and young alums on career options and life choices. As an alumna leader, I traveled to Botswana with a group of sociology and anthropology students for a cultural exchange.


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CWS Board of Directors: Refugee Resettlement Advocate, Community Leader, Fundraiser, and Partnership Ally. Member Board of Directors and CWS Incubation Lab Advisory Group, and Host for 3rd annual 100 Miles for Hunger.


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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church: long time member and ordained deacon. I chaired the 5-year strategic plan for worship for this 4500 member church and traveled with a mission group to Ghana.


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AMPATH: Trained HIV/AIDS patients in western Kenya in food preparation and restaurant management skills to improve food safety and income security (AMPATH/Indiana University, Eldoret, Kenya)


 

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UNIFEM: Supporter along with other women chefs as members of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs for United Nations fundraising and awareness cultivation event


 

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Cook for the Cure: KitchenAid’s signature campaign which facilitates those with a passion for cooking a way to support a meaningful cause. The program raises awareness for the fight against breast cancer and funds Susan G. Komen. Involved in the initial launch of celebrity chef auctions.


 

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Girls Inc: One of thirty chef/quilter pairs to create Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs, a Smithsonian exhibit, benefiting Girls Inc.


 

Awards

  • One of 10 national University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award ($10,000 grant in 2010)
  • Daily Point of Light #4278 (June 29, 2010) from Pres. George H. W. Bush, one of two presented by Points of Light Board Chair Neil Bush at Heart of Service Award
  • DePauw University Community Leader Award

 A candle loses nothing by lighting another. Father James Keller
With so much darkness in the world, each and every one of us is responsible to share our special talents to make a difference. For me the talents most called for have been collaborative team building and leadership. I have that rare, odd, and bizarre mix of big picture vision and nearsightedness – it might have been a curse, but with the right focus it can be reframed as strategic vision with attention to detail. Throughout my life and with nearly a decade committed in a leadership role in the launch and evolution of Infinite Family, I have found that at the heart of meaningful impact is a commitment to integrity and transparency. I am passionate about mentoring and volunteerism, and I regularly advocate for others to give back. At the request of Points of Light, I recorded my journey for StoryCorps, the country’s largest oral history project.


Infinite Family is an international non-profit using video technology to connect adult mentors with South African teens (affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty) so they might build self-reliance and become resourceful, resilient, and responsible. For a nearly a decade, I was involved in virtually every aspect of the business model. As President and Board Chair, I spearheaded the transition from entrepreneurial to organizational model, including vision and mission setting, strategic thinking and planning, building infrastructure and sustainability, organizational branding, communications across diverse stakeholders, leveraging opportunities and team building.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.
Points of Light honors the contribution of the individual – they know that people are at the center of change. And, that people today have more power to drive change than ever before. I’m proud to advocate for volunteerism and the great work of Points of Light. Drops in a bucket do add up.


DePauw University: I served on the Alumni Board for six years and on the Career Services committee, which I chaired the last two years of my term. I remain an ongoing resource for mentoring students and young alums on career options and life choices. As an alumna leader, I traveled to Botswana with a group of sociology and anthropology students for a cultural exchange.


CWS Board of Directors: Refugee Resettlement Advocate, Community Leader, Fundraiser, and Partnership Ally. Member Board of Directors and CWS Incubation Lab Advisory Group, and Host for 3rd annual 100 Miles for Hunger.


Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church: long time member and ordained deacon. I chaired the 5-year strategic plan for worship for this 4500 member church and traveled with a mission group to Ghana.


AMPATH: Trained HIV/AIDS patients in western Kenya in food preparation and restaurant management skills to improve food safety and income security (AMPATH/Indiana University, Eldoret, Kenya)


UNIFEM: Supporter along with other women chefs as members of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs for United Nations fundraising and awareness cultivation event


Cook for the Cure: KitchenAid’s signature campaign which facilitates those with a passion for cooking a way to support a meaningful cause. The program raises awareness for the fight against breast cancer and funds Susan G. Komen. Involved in the initial launch of celebrity chef auctions.


Girls Inc: One of thirty chef/quilter pairs to create Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs, a Smithsonian exhibit, benefiting Girls Inc.


 

Awards

  • One of 10 national University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award ($10,000 grant in 2010)
  • Daily Point of Light #4278 (June 29, 2010) from Pres. George H. W. Bush, one of two presented by Points of Light Board Chair Neil Bush at Heart of Service Award
  • DePauw University Community Leader Award

Passion & Purpose

Photo Credit: Bob

Working with micro-baker in Kenya

SOS Children’s Village – Botswana

As Infinite Family President at gala with Chris Boeke (center) and Alicia Ha (right) (Photo by Odette Veneziano)

At AMPATH’s Cool Stream Restaurant in Eldoret, Kenya


Infinite Family’s mentoring lab LaunchPad

With South African Consul General Monyemangene (photo by Odette Veneziano)

With Neil Bush at Points of Light Award

Profile of Infinite Family Net Buddy (Photo by Odette Veneziano)