B.O.A.T.T. Board Member8 years of experience
Growing up, I demanded that everyone be included in my games. Whether on the playground or playing soccer, I was adamant that everyone, no matter who they were, were allowed to play with us. I stood up to a lot of playground bullies because I hated the idea of excluding someone, of someone feeling left out. Community was already a priority to me then, and I’ve always understood that teamwork, safety, and belonging are the strongest forces to creating community. As I got older, though, I saw more ways that people can be excluded. How can someone, deprived of their most fundamental needs, possibly feel the safety and belonging that was so important to me to spread? A community that does not take care of its neighbors with the least is not a community at all, and the same injustice that made me demand for everyone to be allowed to play drove me through eight years of volunteering at various non-profits. Restoring people’s most fundamental needs with B.O.A.T.T. is the perfect continuation of that mission to build a more inclusive community. With my experience as a teacher, multiple directors at Beast Mode Soccer, and as an active volunteer, I offer a wealth of on-the-ground, operational experience, including program fundraising, large-scale event planning, and mission implementation management. My drive to provide belonging for all my neighbors is what brought me to B.O.A.T.T. To be surrounded by like-minded, dedicated individuals that have the same mission is the environment that all should strive to be in. By serving others with love and assisting those that live on the streets or in underserved communities, we as a community can make a difference in the lives of those around us. We are all blessed to be a blessing to others.