To be an integral team member of a non-profit, government, or educational organization that serves the public and makes a clear difference in the community. I desire a collegial work environment to apply the breadth of my experience and knowledge in program development, consumer service, training, grant research, grant writing, program implementation, management and monitoring, marketing & communications, community outreach, public speaking, volunteer management, fund development, special events planning and human resources.
October 2011 – Present Front Porch Strategies – Affordable Housing Consulting Business (Operating since 2006)
Consultant - Providing nonprofit grant writing and fund development consulting for two area nonprofits. I wrote a grant to help a historic home in Kernersville, NC and wrote the first annual appeal for it which led to achieving 25% of its annual budget in two months. I established a membership, fundraising program and website for a local community health center. * As its Vice President, I have worked part-time with Front Porch Strategies since 2006.
May 2008 – October 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
Marketing & Communications Manager – ReStore Resource Development Manager
Marketing strategy, development of marketing materials, coordinate press releases, special events planning to include major fundraisers, donor /sponsorship development and relations, website development and maintenance, supervised interns and helped them develop a mutually beneficial learning experience, grant research & writing. I made presentations to businesses to obtain funding for Habitat fundraisers and programs. I Coordinated Group WorkCamp with the City of Winston-Salem’s Neighborhood Services department and the Winston-Salem City School District, involving 240 high school youth making minor home improvements on 34 homes in one week. Responsible for developing donation streams to the ReStore. I increased the ReStore “Treasure Hunter members” from 69 to 2,000 members in one year. In marketing and merchandising our donations, I created a video/email marketing system for the Silent Auction and initiated the use of and maintained all social media to market Habitat and its Habitat ReStore for the purpose of increasing donations streams.
October 2006 – May 2008 I took medical leave for major surgery, recovery, to prepare and to move to North Carolina, sell two houses, and to get married.
June 2005- October 2006 Kimberly Shirk Association Redlands, CA
Human Resources Management, Budget Development, Policy Development, Program Development, Grant Writing, Marketing, Fundraising, Personal “asks” to high level donors, Special Events, Coordinate 107 Volunteers, Community Outreach and Public Speaking, Preparation of Board Packets and served as Liaison to the Board of Directors. I established a premier fundraiser “Princesses at the Castle,” used today. I resigned in October to have a required surgery; during which time I became engaged to be married.
July 2004-June 2005 Independent Consulting: Nonprofit Consulting Group - Grant Writing
In 2004 - Generated a $1M CALHOME contract with the State of California for client, 100K in grants & contracts for Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire – San Bernardino, CA for reinvestment in low income housing projects, down payment assistance and rehabilitation projects.
August 2000-July 2004 Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino CA
Responsibilities included; Human Resources management, policy development, evaluated organizational training needs, new program development, designed and implemented staff training programs, grant writing and editing for Section 8 to Home Ownership, HOME, CDBG and Department of Commerce, funding for two successful YouthBuild grants of $700K and provided oversight to all grant-writing and fundraising endeavors. I produced our marketing plan, marketing collateral, coordinated special events, organized a Group WorkCamp that fixed 66 homes in a week, utilizing @ 300 volunteers. I am experienced with non-profit boards, preparation of board packets, annual report and newsletters. I served as interim Executive Director during E.D. absences.
August 1996-September 2000 Community Action Partnership of Kern (formerly Kern County Economic Opportunity Corporation - Bakersfield, CA
Administrative Analyst –Planning Research & Development Department (Community Action Partnership organization) Generated $192,390 in grants for agency program individually. As a team member, generated over $10 million in a state-wide program to assist migrant farm workers. I have experience submitting successful grants for CDBG, HHS, HOPWA, WIC and Head Start. I helped coordinate United Way reporting on behalf of our Food Bank and worked to improve volunteer processes. I served as the Interim Manager for the KCEOC Family Health Center a health care facility with 16,000 patients and 25 employees with a mission to stabilize the center. I coordinated efforts with the county health department which gained the assignment of two medical interns for the health center. Under my leadership, we improved patient flow and our new bi-lingual communication systems led to an improved child immunization rate for patients, which ensured continued immunization funding from the State of California. I worked directly with the Director of Head Start, assisting in reporting compliance. I created reporting and marketing materials. I edited and produced the “KCEOC Community News” newsletter. I coordinated special events, public presentations and made presentations to the Board.
June 1995-September 1996 Mexican American Opportunity Foundation - M.A. O.F. - Bakersfield, CA
Assistant to the administrator, edited the newsletter, coordinated the agency’s lead coordinator of major organization fundraiser “The Aztec Awards”, worked with and trained JTPA trainees in general office training positions, assisted in solving personnel issues, coordinated payroll, liaison with advisory board.
Redlands High School – General Education
B.A. Management – University of Redlands, 1988
M.A. Coursework (6 units) in Educational Counseling, 1988
Grant Writing - Grantsmanship Training Center - 1999
Facilitative Leadership Training 2000
Various Neighborhood Reinvestment Coursework 2000-2001
Raising More Money – Individual Donor Development program
Proficient: Microsoft Office Suite, donor programs, graphics programs
Love utilizing Social Media to advance causes!
United States Army. Quartermaster, A Company 9th S & T Bn., Fort Lewis, WA
Training NCO – Organized required training per standard operating procedures, maintained training records for 200+ army personnel in company.
Army Commendation Medal
Professional and Personal References:
Sylvia Oberle – Former Director and friend
Habitat for Humanity
399 Witt Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Rachel Barron – Personal friend and colleague
Next Level Communications
301 N Main St # 2207 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Ralph Martinez – Former supervisor, colleague and friend
Community Action Partnership of Kern (KCEOC)
300 19th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301