August 7, 2009
How long have you worked here, and what did you do before joining the UNT Health Science Center?
What are your job duties at the Health Science Center?
I enjoy coming to work each day and being part of an organization that is not only striving constantly toward excellence, but whose vision is solidly tied to and rooted in our passion of making Fort Worth a better place to live. Coming from a non-profit background, I’ve always had a very strong “mission focus.” So for me, it’s really all about service, being creative, finding innovative ways to build partnerships within the community and doing my small part on a daily basis to make a positive impact. I love the fact that the UNT Health Science Center is doing so many amazing things in our core areas of education, research, clinical care and community engagement. We are all definitely improving the health status and quality of life for our community, and I am extremely motivated by that knowledge.
My primary job responsibilities revolve around leadership and coordination of our annual fund raising activities: Gala, Golf Tournament, Campus Pride, Alumni Giving and other annual giving. However, I also have responsibility for other areas such as major gifts and foundation relations. I think of our staff as a group of thoroughbreds, so it’s a challenging but enjoyable job just trying to stay up with a bunch of professionals who are out there everyday running fast, promoting the institution and being amazing leaders.
Are you currently working on any big projects?
The Health Science Center's values are compassion, integrity, excellence, pride, innovation and teamwork. Can you give an example of how your department or your coworkers demonstrate one of these values?
For me, concepts of excellence, teamwork and innovation remain just that – concepts – in environments where intelligent people are unable to disagree agreeably, question, or think outside the box. But I have to brag on the leadership of our institution and of our office and department. We really do work to create a culture that encourages healthy debate, critical thinking and a commitment to the idea that there is always an improvement out there if we can just stay away from the turf traps of “but that’s not my idea!”
Also, there’s no way to underestimate the value of “compassion.” I think of that quality as something that may not be on your resume, but something we all bring as human beings to all our work and actions. I know for sure our team has a lot of compassion – I’ve seen them have great feeling and emotion at times when working on some area such as Alzheimer’s. Since all of us have been touched by some disease or the other in our families, I think we approach our fund-raising work with that awareness of human suffering always in mind.
What do you like best about working at the Health Science Center?
I’ve had a lot of proud moments here. One of the high points was last year’s Campus Pride Annual Giving Campaign in which our amazing faculty and staff achieved an outstanding 83 percent giving rate. This accomplishment is truly world-class and told me that we’re all serving on a team that is generous and very committed to the mission of our school.
What do you like to do when you aren't at the Health Science Center?