Casa Staff Interview: Meet Kathy

Q: How long have you been working with Casa and what was your starting position?

I have been working with Casa de Amparo for over 16 years.  My starting position here was Capital Campaign Coordinator.  Shortly after, I was moved to the Interim Director of Development and then to the Director of Development which is the position I currently hold.

Q:  How did you first learn about Casa de Amparo? 

I first learned about Casa de Amparo when the Director of Development at the time recruited me to interview for the open position.

Q: What is your role at Casa?

I am the Director of Development which is responsible for managing the PR and Marketing, Volunteerism and Fundraising for the organization.

Q:  What drew you to Casa originally? And how has Casa changed since?

What drew me to Casa originally was the fact that I would be able to help children and families who needed help and who cannot always help themselves. The cause is very dear to my heart.  Casa de Amparo has changed a lot in the past 16 years.  We built a new home for the children, we relocated our headquarters, we have more employees, a larger budget, our Executive Director changed since that time and we help more kids than ever before.

Q: What has been your favorite project?

I love a lot of the things we do in our development department.  It is hard for me to choose.

Q: What have you gained from working at Casa?

I have gained a lot of management skills, I have been able to adapt and change to many things that have changed over the years.  I have gained a sense of happiness in my work.

Q: What is on your wish list for the next 5 years with Casa?

I really want to see us get our STRTP status, build our Teen Wellness and Support Services Center and grow more as an agency.

Q: What is your favorite part about working for Casa?

I love the fact that is goes beyond ourselves on a daily basis.  We are helping others.  It is a “calling” really, not just a job.

Q: What is your proudest moment at Casa?

When we opened the doors to our new facility in San Marcos.  That was my proudest moment.  It is a beautiful campus and one that our clients deserve.

Q: How would you describe your day job to a child?

I tell my daughter that “mommy helps kids at work”

Q:  What is your biggest achievement to date-personal and professional?

My greatest achievement in my personal life is having an amazing partner to spend my life with (my husband, Kevin) and raising our daughter together.  Having a happy family is something I am proud of.  As far as professional achievements, I am proud that I have been able to learn from my employees and try to be the best manager I can be.  I am also proud that I was honored by the North County Philanthropy Council recently and was awarded with the Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

I would say that no day is “typical”.  It really depends on what our donors are needing on a particular day.  We are currently working on ensuring that our clients all have a happy holiday.  We are also working to thank our donors during the holiday season by delivering gifts to them.  Planning for our spring/summer events is also on our current agenda.  There is never a dull moment in the development department.

Q: What three words would you use to describe your role?

Encourager, Leader, Planner

Q: If you could switch jobs with anyone, who would it be and why?

Honestly, I would not want to switch jobs with anyone.  I like where I am and what I am doing.

Q: If you could change on thing about working here, what would it be?

That we could bring in even more funds to help our kids and provide more to our staff.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

Meeting new people, planning new things, encouraging others and helping staff to grow in their roles.

Q: What advice would you give to a new casa team member?

Stick with us, we are a great place to work!

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?

I like corny Hallmark movies – especially the Christmas ones!

Q: What do you do for fun?  I spend time with my family. They are a lot of fun!

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