We couldn’t have found a more engaging individual than Stephanie to lead our community engagement efforts. Her optimism and love for helping others are the perfect attributes to help our affinity groups grow and succeed. Keep reading to find out more about Stephanie’s position and her take on the El Paso community.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I recently moved to El Paso from Kansas City, MO. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and BS in Child and Family Studies. Following graduation, I worked as a Recreational Therapist in a non-profit private placement school for children with special needs. In 2016, I began pursuing a Masters of Public Administration with emphasis in Non-Profit Management from the University of Missouri – Columbia. I will be finished with the program in March 2018. In my free time, I enjoy staying active by playing soccer or tennis.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
I am the Community Engagement Coordinator at United Way of El Paso County. I work closely with our two affinity groups, Young Leaders Society and RISE.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
Members of Young Leaders Society and RISE are tomorrow’s community leaders and philanthropists. Both groups offer an opportunity for individuals to build a stronger community by inspiring philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
Our young professionals and Millennials are passionate about improving the El Paso community. Our members are eager to give back to the community in an impactful and meaningful way. The more tools and resources I provide, the closer we all move toward reaching our goal.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person or as a member of the United Way team.
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”