A better Job Title for this position might be “Other Duties as Assigned.” I am the gatekeeper at the office, first contact on the phone and the door. I support the administrative functions of the organization: mailing, copying, postage, word processing, spreadsheets, databases. I support the work of the A-Team - Registrar, Accounting Administrative Assistant, Director of Administration - whenever there’s a need. I am a part of the communications team - drafting E-blasts, the Newsletter, Facebook posts, and other messages. I provide administrative support of all kinds to the Program staff. I’m in charge of keeping the building clean and overseeing any repairs that need attending to. I’m in charge of keeping the vehicles in running shape to support Program transportation needs. And, I’m in charge of bringing Mindfulness to both the staff and participants.
Hometown: Los Gatos, California
Inspirations: The Pacific Ocean; D. H. Lawrence; Walt Whitman; bell hooks; Virginia Woolf; my wife, Bethany; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Lake Valley Camp Participants; Italian food.
What you like to do in your free time: Teach Mindfulness Meditation; Play Freestyle Frisbee; Ride a Bike; Cook; Read; Watch Movies; Hike
How did you get started working with non-profits?
I got started in the sector when I visited future wife Bethany for a Summer in San Diego, California. She hooked me up at City Heights Community Development Corporation where I did administrative support work. After finishing my Masters degree in 1993, I moved to San Diego to be with Bethany full time, and, from then on, I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector as an administrative support professional.
I was recruited by Jim Flint to work at LVC in the Fall of 2012. It was time to move on from my previous job at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, and Jim put together the wildly diverse position described above for me. I have lots of gratitude for Jim working to make a place for me at LVC, and look forward to continuing to provide support for staff, and Mindfulness practices for staff and participants, in the years to come.