|28 Oct 2019|
|School Advancement Q&A|
1. What projects are you working on at the moment?
As Development Manager I am always juggling multiple projects, our main focus at the moment is on our Grand Circle campaign for the Diocesan Arts Centre. You can view a virtual tour of the project here.
2. You have a lot of work experience in arts & dance. How does that help you today?
As a professional dancer we always learned that 'the show must go on'. I think being able to apply that strategy off stage to any situation that may come up has helped me within my role at Diocesan. My position has a vast range of roles from project & events management to fundraising & engaging Old Girls of our School. I am often having to multi-task but knowing that the show must go on has helped guide us towards our end goal, which continues to be the development of Diocesan.
3. Why did you change into development management? What do you love most about your work?
I attended high school at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, which I believe was the best decision I ever made. I have so much love for the Academy and ever since I graduated I always imagined that I would one day work there or at another School with similar values. When I saw that Diocesan School for Girls had plans to build an Arts Centre teaching building and auditorium on their campus, I knew that was my next direction. I absolutely love being able to share my passion of the arts and help where I can towards something I so strongly believe in. I also truly enjoy the relationships that I have been able to build with everyone in the School community from students to staff to Old Girls. It's a great mix that keeps the role everchanging and exciting.
4. What challenges did you face this year? How did you overcome them?
The Arts Centre teaching building opened in 2017 and the auditorium opens mid-2020; we have had to work at bridging the gap between the opening of the two buildings and keep the momentum going with new strategies and fresh ideas.
5. Do you have some bigger events coming up towards the end of the year?
Our biggest event that is already in the planning stages will be our Arts Centre Auditorium Opening mid-2020. That will be a massive celebration of not only the Arts Centre being completed but also the final building to the campus development plan that was put in place in 1995.
6. What has been your biggest success this year?
The Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Take Your Seat campaign has been an amazing achievement. This is a project that I have executed from start to finish and have been able to use a lot of creativity while developing the website and promotional materials. Check it out at www.takeyourseat.co.nz
7. Tell us a little bit about yourself! What do you do when you're not working?
I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago in a very artsy family. My mom owned a dance studio for 20 years, one brother is a comedian and writer/producer, and the other is a professional yoyoer studying law. My dad is a financial advisor so he keeps us all in line!
I've been living in New Zealand for over 4 years now and enjoy Auckland city-life with my partner. I also love teaching/choreographing dance, doing yoga, and playing netball with friends in my spare time.
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