Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
I am grateful for the help I received from others through my life. I've been blessed with caring mentors offering help and guidance at every turn. I believe in paying it forward and am very proud to volunteer with organizations who, among other things, provide economic education and development to underserved populations.
I volunteer to give back to my community.
Technical Director, Afterschool: Growth Conference 2015
All Stars Project, Inc. (November 2015)
Afterschool: Growth! A grassroots conversation about growing the afterschool movement in Chicago
Volunteer, Talent Show Network
All Stars Project, Inc. (April 2015 – Present)
I join the All Stars staff and a team of fellow volunteers help to produce community talent shows and recruit young people to perform; volunteers work in theatre on costumes, sets, tech, house staff, audience development, marketing and fundraising.
Program Associate, Development School for Youth
All Stars Project, Inc. (January 2015 - Present)
I work closely with DSY staff to serve as a coach to young people. In this capacity I attend workshops during the course of the year, schedule time to meet with students to review resumes and conduct mock interviews, and share knowledge and expertise with the young people to help them create new performances and grow as professional.
Hour of Code (December 2014)
Volunteered to help facilitate two Hour of Code sessions at the Intrinsic Schools in Chicago, Illinois.
Laravel Chicago Meetup Group (October 2014 – Present)
Topics include: Implementing a Data Caching Layer in Laravel 5, Middleware in Laravel 5, Event Driven Development in Laravel 5, and Continuous Delivery for Laravel Applications.
Chicago Startup Weekend Education (September 2014)
Dedicated 8 hours over the course of the weekend event to guide teams to focus their attention on building a strong foundation for a solid startup offering design, engineering, product development, and skills building experience.
Volunteer, Paint and Play at St. Angela School
Chicago Cares (June 2012)
I joined elementary school students at St. Angela School and helped them with art projects and finished the afternoon playing games.
Blu Moon Film Festival (May 2008)
The Blu Moon Independent Film Festival is a student and non-profit organized, donation funded, community involved independent film festival designed to showcase up and coming films and educate young film makers with workshops from industry professionals.
Founder & Executive Director
Greenville RiverRock Festival (September 2006 – September 2007)
Created, organized and raised funds for a free all-day music festival in Greenville, NC, featuring local bands and businesses. The festival ran successfully for two years and featured more than three dozen local bands.