What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for children and their wellbeing – I grew up coaching and teaching swim lessons to Richmond area kids, I earned my PK-6 teaching license in college, I worked and interned for the U.S. Senate’s education committee and the Virginia Commission on Youth, and in law school I worked in an education rights clinic providing pro bono legal assistance to Richmond area students and their families. Because my day to day job now does not give me the opportunity to work with children, SCAN’s BYP fills that void and allows me to continue serving my community’s families and children in a meaningful way. I believe in SCAN’s mission and programs, and I feel lucky to be able to play small role in support of SCAN.
What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?
The people I’ve met! From the other BYP members, the Board of Directors, SCAN’s staff, and of course, the community served by SCAN, everyone I’ve met through my experience on the BYP has inspired my continued involvement with SCAN. SCAN has a unique way of attracting passionate and energetic people, and that energy is both contagious and inspiring. There’s just good work being done at SCAN by good people. I didn’t know anyone at SCAN or on the BYP when I first joined, but I am really grateful that I’ve been able to build this network of people similarly passionate about Richmond area children.