Title: Executive Assistant
Responsibilities: Call me timekeeper or executive team whisperer. I am the person who works out the details for meetings and projects, makes critical communications, keeps people on schedule and lends support so that top executives can breathe easier about outcomes. I primarily support Bruce Luecke, Homeport President & CEO, and Maude Hill, our SVP of Community & Government Relations. I enjoy tying loose ends to whatever Bruce and Maude touch because it allows them to focus on their priorities for the organization. I find it humorous when the executives are in a meeting and they see me in the window or hear a knock and they know it is me telling them it’s travel time to the next meeting.
I also proudly support five other executive leaders and communicate with and on behalf of the organization’s Board of Directors.
What do I like most about the organization?
I value the mission and relate to our clients. I worked very hard to get where I am today, jumping many hurdles. If I had known about Homeport in my past, having been a fresh out of college single mother, I believe I would have gotten to my present accomplishments a little smoother and faster. While I believe that strengths are developed from struggles, I still think Homeport would have been just what I needed back then. I enjoy the thought of Homeport staff working together every day to help our future community leaders in a time of need. I appreciate our programs and so do our residents, especially when they come back saying they are ready to buy a home! We provide safe and affordable housing that creates stability. That is helpful to children and their academics.
What have you done in your career you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?
I am proud of my personal growth and strive each day to be better and more productive. I am glad I listened to my grandmother, Erma, at a young age because she is the reason I found my passion of assisting others. I graduated Bradford School with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration in 2006. While I’ve had many opportunities to grow as a young professional, it wasn’t until 2009 when I worked for Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc. that I realized non-profits had a special place in my heart and that I am mission driven. It was 2015 when I learned a great deal about myself and capabilities when I assisted a great friend, boss, and mentor, Denise Rehg, when she was Vice President of Development at the Columbus Association of Performing Arts (CAPA). Denise, who is now Executive Director of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, was my lifeline and helped me through so much and put many holes in my walls of self-doubt for the light to shine through. There are many other leaders in the community whom I have worked with that I must thank. All in all, I had a goal to be an Executive Assistant and one year later I have earned the title.
Favorite things I do outside of work?
I enjoy reading self-help and financial literacy books. My favorite authors are Dave Ramsey, Brendon Burchard, and William and Esther Hicks. I finish a book every week and pick up another. I enjoy being a mother to three beautiful little girls Anaya (age 12 soon), Lyric (age 8), and Ariel (age 2). We love to go skating and practice dance moves they learned in their West African dance class. We exercise together (even the baby) and practice our handstands. I enjoy jumping double- dutch, visiting amusement parks, waterparks in nearby cities, as well as, zoos and aquariums. When I am not connecting with people I study on line for my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration Management from Western Governors University. I am on schedule to graduate in October 2018. I am half way finished with my first book on how to be an A1 Assistant, and I work part-time on the weekends at Payless ShoesSource. I attend Toastmasters to improve my speech and writing, with thoughts of being a motivational speaker.
My personal hero is my step-mother, Maria, a high ranked lawyer in JAG. She invited me to live in Vilseck, Germany with her, my father, and my half-sister. I had no goals or dreams before I lived with them for a year. I am me today because of their presence, love, encouragement and actions.
What do I like about Central Ohio?
I was born and raised on the South Side of Columbus off Geers and Livingston avenues. I appreciate small businesses, history, education and our art. I also love the investments and growth in our communities and neighborhoods.