1. What has inspired you to be a part of Mile High United Way as a Leadership donor?
I first learned about the opportunity because my employer, CoBank, has a very robust community engagement program, and is a strong supporter of Mile High United Way (MHUW). The more I found out about the work that MHUW does, the more inspired I became to take part in it.
2. What is your “why” for giving back to the community?
As a ‘solo parent’, I was closely involved with my son’s education, including arranging assistance for him as he dealt with some learning challenges when he was very young. I saw first-hand how this sort of early intervention and sustained support can profoundly affect outcomes (he’s in college now), and it made me very grateful that my family was fortunate enough to have access to those resources. It is my heartfelt desire for every child in our community – regardless of socio-economic background – to get the support they need so they can realize their own potential.
3. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.