MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"My father was a chief federal probation officer for Michigan and worked in the federal courts for 37 years. He showed me how to make a difference in real life and that using your abilities and talents to contribute to your community was essential."
LAST BOOK READ:
"The Business of Winning by Robert Evangelista."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Direct, passionate about quality and my work, highly focused, mission-driven."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"We're in the public childrenís service sector. In tough economic times, weíre trying to provide the most value and be the most effective where we can. Weíre serving high-risk families and children so weíre embracing effective business practices and principles, including consolidation and mergers to stretch limited public funding and make the greatest difference. Nonprofits will integrate to eliminate redundancies to make the most important impact for our children and families. Thereís a constriction of funding, and I believe it will lead to a contraction in services, including nonprofits. Itís very volatile and competitive now. We need to be value-driven so we can approach major funders and be able to assure them that theyíre getting the Ďbiggest bangí for their support. We also have to raise private dollars because public dollars are not there, and weíre spending more time raising funds."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"Castalia, Ohio. There's a private trout club. Iíve gone as a guest and itís an unbelievable place if you're a fly-fisher."
"Fly-fishing and game hunting, golf and hanging out with my family."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"Iím an outstanding cook, and Iím a terrific gardener, both flower and vegetable. I had a stint in my childhood working in greenhouses."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"It goes back to a tribute to my father. Itís not about how many years Iíve had in my life; itís about the years Iíve spent here making a difference. Itís about making a difference in the lives of the children and families Iím privileged to help."
At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.