What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?
I am Departmental Manager with the State of Michigan in the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. My team is responsible for issuing and maintaining the Virtual Private Network access to the State of Michigan Network. My favorite things about my career are the opportunities to help my staff learn new skills and grow their careers.
What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?
My ability to listen and focus on the message being sent.
Willingness to step outside of my comfort zone and get into the place that allows for true learning.
A drive to empower those around me to be successful.
What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important role of JCI MI President is to listen first and talk second. As the leader of the statewide organization it’s important to ensure that feedback from the members is sought, considered, and acted on.
What would the role of the State Board of Directors be in your administration?
The State Board of Directors would be responsible to managing and implementing the day to day work of the organization, including overseeing teams and committees as needed. I would also expect that the State Board is connecting with local organizations to assist in their operational needs.
Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
I would like to implement State Board Office Hours as a monthly zoom/call in option for members to add an additional contact channel.
I would like to implement a Strategic Plan Committee - with a chair and committee members (3-5) to focus on all aspect of planning and implementation.
What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?
The greatest need of our organization right now is to deliver on what we promise. JCI is a leadership organization designed to empower young active citizens to create positive change. We currently suffer from an identity crisis – between branding issues and the struggle between being known as a volunteer organization vs. a leadership organization – it can be difficulty for chapters to recruit new members. Having a focus on unified branding efforts (chapters branding or co-branding to JCI) and identifying as a leadership organization will make a huge difference for us.
What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
In 2011, I attended my first JCI MI Conference at Boyne Mountain. Dave Worthams was President and there was something quite magical about seeing the inspiration and excitement in members at that conference. I knew then that I wanted to be the person to bring that magic someday.