Meet the Team

Hi, I'm Amy.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods.

Chocolate chip coconut pancakes and almond croissants.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Learning about my Walkers and their inspiration for walking.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My neighbor who has been battling breast cancer for the last year and just finished her radiation.

What is your dream vacation destination?

The English Countryside

Hi, I'm Andrea.
Crew and Volunteer Manager

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The event may only last 48 hours, but it takes a whole 365 days to plan and prepare!

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

Dare-aoke! A version of karaoke, but this involves daring family or friends to sing certain songs, and if they decline they must donate $10. For $20, they can dare someone else to sing it instead.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Boxing. Physical activity is my number one way to release all of my thoughts and feelings.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

The energy you give off is the energy you will receive.

Hi, I'm Anthony.
Production Manager

What has inspired you lately?

Seeing all the team's hard work translate into a great on-site experience for the Crew, volunteers, and most importantly, Walkers.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The amount of tiny details that go into planning the event. You might not see them, but they all add up and can determine how smoothly the event runs.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Everyone on the team has such a wealth of talent and knowledge it pushes me to keep bettering myself to be on their level.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Playing sports - usually football, softball, or basketball. When I'm on the field I can forget about everything that's bothering me and just focus on the game.

Hi, I'm Braxton.
National Manager of Special Programs

Name two of your favorite foods.

Cheese and Bangers and Mash.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love hearing encouraging stories from participants every day telling me who they are earning their 39 for; whether it's for a daughter, mother, uncle, or themselves.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

You actually DO have to train. It's not a walk in the park.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Listening to the inspiring conversations that the Coaches have with their Walkers.

Hi, I'm Brittany.
Fundraising Coach

What has inspired you lately?

Knowing that life is short so you have to start crossing things off the bucket list ASAP.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

Hands down, my Mom. At the age of 51 she has beat 2 kinds of cancer and still looks fabulous!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

I think when people first think about a "walk," they don't think it is that difficult, no matter how long it is; but this Walk is NOT easy and A LOT of training goes into it.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Control what you can control and move on.

Hi, I'm Caitlin.
Production Manager

Name two of your favorite foods.

Avocados and chocolate covered almonds

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Day in and day out I work alongside the most amazing people. Not only am I in awe of the Crew, Volunteers, and participants, but I am blown away by the passion and dedication of my co-workers.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

Don't be afraid to take a bump along the way! We've bused almost 22,790 participants.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Do something everyday that scares you.

Hi, I'm Carmine.
Copywriter

What has inspired you lately?

What's inspired me lately is the group of 39ers, many of them survivors, that I interviewed over the holidays for our AVON 39 2016 ad campaign.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

What I love most about the work I do every day is that I'm able to inspire others with my writing -- and to make a difference in the life of the reader.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I stay motivated by always mixing it up. No one ever achieved anything great from the position of comfort. Being comfortable is the slowest route to success.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

The best advice I've received was from Mr. Aaron Morse founder of Kiehl's: "I love what I do. And that's the trick of life. Love what you do. Put your heart into it, and you will be rewarded."

Hi, I'm Carol.
Recruitment Manager

What has inspired you lately?

I'm inspired by the breast cancer survivors who participate in the event.  If they can do it, then anyone can.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

My passionate co-workers. We are all spread around the country working on different moving parts, but at the end of the day it's for the common goal of crushing breast cancer.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

My son motivates me because I want to show him that you should always give your best.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

I think any fundraising event that provides drinks and a good time definitely encourages people to donate.

Hi, I'm Carolyn.
Program Director

Name two of your favorite foods.

#1 - French Fries - and I'm a purist - Potatoes and Salt... done! My #2- Frikadeller - which are basically Danish meatballs pan fried in butter. Awesome.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

You can customize your 39 to make it your own. Walk a marathon, or the whole 39; be a part of a team or not. It's up to you!

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Our work in the fight against breast cancer is not done. There is sill more to do, and every day is another opportunity to move the needle.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Believe in yourself. You can achieve anything that you put your mind to.

Hi, I'm Damar.
Production Coordinator

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

We show them right there in the closing ceremony which beneficiaries are receiving the donations they’ve raised.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Doing a fundraiser at the bar where every time someone orders a specific drink, proceeds will be donated to AVON 39.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Going for fresh air on the balcony.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never get too comfortable.Always aim to level up.

Hi, I'm Dana.
Production Manager

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

No matter how bad of a day I am having, personally or professionally, I know that something I did changed someone's life. That keeps me going.

Who's the strongest person you know?

My Aunt Karen. She has had breast cancer twice, a mastectomy, a hysterectomy, and now has metastatic breast cancer. She can't win. But she keeps living as much as she can. She is so cute.

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Getting lost in a city that I don't know.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Every piece of advice is invaluable. Life is too hard to navigate on my own.

Hi, I'm Dana.
Program Officer

What has inspired you lately?

Activists raising their voices around the country around social justice issues - people dedicated to creating a better world are my inspiration.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Laughter is the best motivation - I always try to find joy around me, which motivates me to be better.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Italy - combines all of the things I love: art, coffee, food, wine.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Eleanor Roosevelt's famous quote: "Do the thing you think you cannot do."

Hi, I'm Daniel.
Crew & Volunteer Manager

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Working on an event that brings so much joy and love to people's lives is pretty amazing. We have so many alumni that have participated 10+ years at multiple events.

Who's the strongest person you know?

My younger sister. She was born with complications and was in and out of the hospital the first couple years of her life. She is such a tough human being. She went through so much as a baby.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

How dedicated our participants are. I have seen countless Walkers cross the finish in tears. Whether they are walking for themselves or in honor of someone, they are determined to finish strong.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

My family. They came to this country for a reason, and failure is not an option.

Hi, I'm Davi.
Fundraising Coach

What has inspired you lately?

At the 2016 Santa Barbara walk, I met up with one of my Walkers from years past, and seeing her so full of energy and empowered, and so ready to take on any challenge that she could, was amazing!

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love watching my participants conquer their goals, and all the breakthroughs that come with that journey.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My mom. Her treatment journey was difficult on many levels, but she came through it spunkier than ever, and now she lives every day to it's fullest!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

Not everyone walks all 39 miles (shhh!), and that's just fine.

Hi, I'm Debra.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods.

Bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, and pizza!!

What has inspired you lately?

I have a few friends going through treatments and having surgeries.  Their courage, strength, and hope is so admirable to witness!  They have inspired me to live each day to the fullest!!

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Connecting with people and helping them come up with creative fundraising ideas ;)

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

To stay motivated, you need to set goals...and work toward achieving them daily!  I love setting a goal, working hard to achieve the goal...then setting a new goal!

Hi, I'm Devon.
National Production Manager

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

At its core, event production and logistics are really about creating incredible experiences for people, and that's what I love most.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The AVON 39 is really about connecting - so many participants start the Walk alone, and end it with many new friends.

What is your dream vacation destination?

I'm not a fan of hot weather, but I'll say any place where I can learn something new.

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Hanging out with my family, especially my nephew, Raffaele. He's 2, and his energy is contagious!

Hi, I'm Emily.
Fundraising Specialist and Walker Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love being able to make an impact. I get to talk to people and hear inspiring stories and help put an end to breast cancer!

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I stay motivated by remembering why I do what I do. I think about how everyone knows someone affected by cancer and how I want that to change.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

One of my walkers does a Oktoberbreast every year. She sets up tents in her back yard and serves food and beer.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Be thankful of where you are in life. Even when you feel like you're going nowhere. "Nowhere" with a space is now here. You are where you are for a reason.

Hi, I'm Emily.
Regional Fundraising Manager

What has inspired you lately?

An organization I have followed for years recently closed their doors because they achieved their mission! That's my goal for AVON 39 - let's find a cure!

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love calling my walkers when they hit their fundraising goals! I get to thank them for their hard work, and encourage them to aim even higher!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

Your Walker Coach loves hearing from you! We get so excited every time a Walker calls or e-mails us back, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.

What's your favorite way to recharge?

A Netflix marathon! There's nothing like a day of watching Friends to make me ready for the week ahead.

Hi, I'm Emma.
Fundraising Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Getting to know each Walker on a personal level. Everyone has a story - you just have to ask!

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My mom. Five years cancer-free and counting!

What is your dream vacation destination?

Ireland. I studied there for a semester in college and would go back in a heartbeat!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

"Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good."

Hi, I'm Gina.
Social Media Coordinator

What has inspired you lately?

New York is a constant inspiration for me. All walks of people and especially the hustle. It gives this feeling as if anything I set my mind to is achievable here.

Who's the strongest person you know?

Without a doubt, my grandmother. She's a tough Italian-American immigrant, single mother who raised 4 kids from Brooklyn. Also, I'm pretty sure she now reigns as Brooklyn's unsung knitting queen.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Stay thankful, stay positive and lots of coffee.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

DIY booths are great way to share your talents while teaching others new skills! Having something you created to take home is such a great feeling.

Hi, I'm Greg.
Associate Director of Recruitment and Field Operations

What has inspired you lately?

Talking to/being around metric tons of individuals that have derived a passionate sense of purpose and strength from something sooooo painful.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

When a 39er or the significant other of a 39er tells me that their outlook on life is much more positive because of the community they've joined by participating in our event.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I think about the people that are affected by my decisions and try remind myself that it's not about me.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Say no to things that are lesser in order to say yes to something greater.

Hi, I'm Heather.
Crew & Volunteer Manager

What has inspired you lately?

I was recently inspired by one of my teenage Walkers, who was just so enthusiastic and excited to get started fundraising and training for her AVON 39 event.

Who's the strongest person you know?

My mom. We lost my dad when I was only 20, so she has been a widow for many years, supporting all three of her kids and helping us achieve our dreams, battling cancer along the way - and winning.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

I think people would be surprised by the one-on-one support our walkers receive. That sets us apart from many other fundraising events.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

To go back to college and follow my dreams. I recently graduated and my daughter and grandson were there to see it!

Hi, I'm Iris.
Fundraising Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love that it is my job to inspire people who are helping make a real difference. And that what they are doing inspires others. It's contagious!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The instant bond that occurs on the Walk. One moment you may be walking next to a complete stranger and the next moment you are laughing and crying together. The warmth is a beautiful thing.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

I always love wine or dessert parties where it's a big tasting fest with friends. Yard sales are also great. When they know the money is being donated, people often give more.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

Nothing compares to a walk outside to clear your mind and open your heart.

Hi, I'm Jasinya.
Fundraising Coach

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My mother.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Thoughts of my dreams and my family.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Music.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never lose sight of your life goals.

Hi, I'm Jeff.
Senior Manager, CRM and Analytics

Name two of your favorite foods.

Mission-style burritos. Anything with an abundance of fresh veggies

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I get to spend my day helping other dedicated, passionate people do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as they can.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

If someone is new to this kind of event, I think it may be surprising how absolutely transformative it is to experience being fully immersed in the AVON 39 community for the event weekend.

What is your dream vacation destination?

So many places I want to visit! Vienna. Naples. Tokyo. Copenhagen. Sydney. I love exploring new cities.

Hi, I'm Jen.
Web Producer

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

We're a diverse group working together towards the goal of ending breast cancer and that makes every day a good day at the office.

What is your dream vacation destination?

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is an amazing community of artists and artisans. I'd love to go there and make all kinds of crafts!

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Yoga, yoga and more yoga. If I’m stressed, there’s no better place to get rid of it than on my mat.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To let go of the things that no longer serve you; to make room for the things that will.

Hi, I'm Jill.
Director of Community Engagement

What has inspired you lately?

The 39ers I meet in each city. I leave each weekend bursting with inspiration.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

That you CAN do it… walk the miles and raise the money! As we say, “It isn't easy, but that's what makes it worth it.”

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Rather than indulging a negative thought, I try to choose the opposite one and look for the opportunity.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

A Broadway show. Some people have expensive bags, I have a collection of 200+ Playbills from the shows I’ve seen.

Hi, I'm Joan.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods.

Gnocchi and deep dish pizza.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love hearing people's excitement when they reach their fundraising goal, or a milestone in their training.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Ask during tax season! Many people need write offs or they just received a good check from Uncle Sam and it's time to share! Remind them that all donations are tax deductible.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

I like to exercise -- either a good walk, or taking a class at my local Y.

Hi, I'm JT.
National Production Director

Name two of your favorite foods.

Veggie Nachos & Black Bean Burgers

What has inspired you lately?

I'm inspired by AVON 39's greatest asset, our people. Working side by side with people from different backgrounds and experiences inspires me to always be on the top of my game.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Knowing that everything I order, design, or touch is going to affect the participant experience motivates me to do the very best I can every day.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Hiking, camping, kayaking, climbing - anything outdoors!

Hi, I'm Julia.
Recruitment Manager

What has inspired you lately?

When I see my community come together for a good cause.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

That each Walker has their own AVON 39 fundraising coach to help them from start to finish.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I always try to stay positive by defining my day and not letting it define me. Think positive, be positive, and positive things will happen.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never doubt that you are deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.

Hi, I'm Justin.
Fundraising Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Being able to give of myself everyday to something greater than me.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

It is so much more than a Walk - you are joining a supportive and loving community that will hopefully last a lifetime.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

I think no matter what, you can never go wrong with honesty, authenticity and a little bit of humor.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

Mediocre TV and Dominos 2 for $5.99.

Hi, I'm Kacie.
Fundraising Coach

What has inspired you lately?

The Chicago Cubs. AKA World Series Champs. Talk about never giving up, trying and trying again, working as a team, and inspiring a community. Just like AVON 39ers and everyone involved!

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Anytime I can surround myself with mission motivated individuals, looking to help and inspire others, I consider myself very lucky. This work is exactly that.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

AVON 39 allocates funds to provide support in several areas. From access to care programs to research initiatives - AVON 39 works to help those battling now and prevent others from having to battle breast cancer in the future.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Knowing that my best is always yet to come. I still have not met my best me and I work everyday to meet her!

Hi, I'm Kara.
Regional Production Manager

Name two of your favorite foods.

Genuinely kind people - seeing selfless acts really helps me reflect on myself and my everyday actions.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

How much the staff truly care about the work they are doing. It is never "just a job."

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

Thumb wars tournament! Talk about such a fun and basically free way to raise money.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

There are no "what ifs." Once you choose a path you must do everything you can to ensure your own success.

Hi, I'm Karen.
Nerve Center

What has inspired you lately?

My youngest daughter's friend Sean, 12, who passed away from cancer. The awareness, hope, and funds he raised all while battling a terrible disease is remarkable beyond words.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love that at the end of the day, someone will benefit from the work we do on AVON 39. It's gratifying to know your efforts will result in making someone else's life a little better.

Who's the strongest person you know?

My dad. People often remark on my strength, but it's all from him. A Marine, he taught me how to persevere, believe in yourself, and that anything is possible if your heart is in the right place.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Anywhere I can go with my husband and our three daughters to disconnect from the daily stresses placed on each of us.

Hi, I'm Kari.
Recruitment Manager

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

That achieving the impossible is more than possible.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

To do lists! They keep me on track and nothing is more motivating than crossing something off the list. (And yes, if I do something that wasn't on the list I'll add it JUST so I can cross it off!) :)

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Asking. Fundraising doesn't have to be complicated...you simply need to ask.

What is your dream vacation destination?

I. Must. See. New. York. During. The. Holidays!!

Hi, I'm Katie.
Crew Manager

What has inspired you lately?

The Youth Crew! I love hearing why these dedicated kids want to join us every year.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love working with people and helping them reach their goals, so working with the Crew is really valuable to me. Seeing how hard they work to make the event seamless is amazing!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

A lot of us on the Staff have been Walkers, Crew or Volunteers, too! This event means just as much to us and has a huge place in our hearts.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Well, each year my husband and I go to Harry Potter World in Universal Studios Orlando and it's basically our dream come to life.

Hi, I'm Kerriann.
Senior National Production Director

Name two of your favorite foods.

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos and Chicken Paprikash

What has inspired you lately?

My daughters. They are incredible human beings. I'm the luckiest parent in the world. They are passionate, cool people. What else can a mother ask for?

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

EVERYONE on the team wants to make a difference. EVERYONE sees a need to fill. It's not a job at the end of the day. I challenge anyone to find that person who thinks it is.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

A person challenged me to raise $100 in 3 minutes. I walked around to as many people as I knew and asked them if I could borrow $5. Some gave me $10, some only had $2. I had over $250 at the end.

Hi, I'm Kevin.
Accounting Associate

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Sending money to beneficiaries. It is great seeing everyone's hard work get put toward great causes and research.

What is your dream vacation destination?

A sunny beach vacation with lots of sun, warm water, and pre-made sandwiches so I can stay out all day.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

Watching a movie with my family in the living room.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Deep breaths and a full night's sleep work best for me.

Hi, I'm Krista.
Project Manager

What has inspired you lately?

My BFF, Carrol, is a 5-year survivor of breast cancer. She photo-documented her journey and now shares with newly diagnosed BC patients to show what she did to feel beautiful.

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love the challenge of finding solutions that remove barriers to get the project(s) launched and/or executed. Tactical to creative, the variety of projects keeps all my brain cells fired up!

Who's the strongest person you know?

My father, who lived a short but rich life of 59 years. His mantra was: "Do what you love for a living so it doesn't feel like work!"

What is your dream vacation destination?

Jamaica - it never gets old for me. I love the music, cuisine, and slower pace of life. People often miss out that Jamaica has a beautiful mountainous area with a plethora of streams and waterfalls.

Hi, I'm Krystal.
Interim Director of Fundraising

What has inspired you lately?

My co-workers! Coming together and brainstorming with so many passionate people gets me super fired up!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The amount of blood, sweat & tears put into bringing the event to life! Starting my AVON 39 journey as a Walker, I never guessed those smiling faces had been up since 2:00 am to make my event special.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

Do what you (and your network) love. Get people involved in something they love for the cause. Dancing, wine, hiking, sports... the possibilities are endless.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Hot Yoga or a nice glass of wine :)

Hi, I'm Leah.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods

Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Nuggets dipped in a Frosty from Wendy’s!

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My THON child from Penn State. He beat cancer when he was only seven years old!!

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I wake up every day believing that today will be the best day ever!

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

Take a nap while binge watching Netflix!

Hi, I'm Linda.
Recruitment Manager

Name two of your favorite foods.

I'm from New York. Bagels and pizza.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My parents are the strongest people I know.  My dad for showing strength and grace while battling a disease, and my mom for loving and taking care of him.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

My motivation is knowing that in some way my work will truly help someone in need.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Maldives. In a hut over the water. Relaxing with my husband, daughter, and son.

Hi, I'm Logan.
Crew & Volunteer Coordinator

Name two of your favorite foods.

Chicken and waffles. Separately, they're good. Combined, they're amazing.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

That we immediately put the donations to use and don't hold on to them until after the events.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

A few years ago when I was doing some fundraising, my team and I did a Tattoos for Charity night. We got some local artists to do cheap tattoos and donate the proceeds. I even got one myself.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

My dad once told me when I was younger that, "People are going to love you and hate you no matter who you are or what you do. So why not always be yourself all the time?"

Hi, I'm Mary.
Recruitment Manager

Name two of your favorite foods.

Tacos and a side salad with ranch.

What has inspired you lately?

Kind people. A smile from a stranger goes along way.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Don't be afraid to ask and be honest with your story. You will be surprised at how generous people will be.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Good music and good wine.

Hi, I'm Michelle.
Fundraising Coach

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The close bonds you build with other Walkers and Crew members; it really is a family.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I think about all the people I know that have been touched by breast cancer and how my work can help bring an end to it!

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

In college we did a "Stuff Our Cups" fundraiser. Some guys bought really large bras and decorated them, then wore them to a football tailgate and asked people to stuff their cups with donations!

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Baking. The smell of cookies in the oven calms me right down.

Hi, I'm Mike.
Director of Technology and Digital Strategy

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The beautiful sunrise right before we start walking.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Great colleagues and lots of deep breaths.

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Eating a whole thing of orange Tic Tacs in one sitting.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Live every week like it's Shark Week.

Hi, I'm Mike.
Chief Finance and Administrative Officer

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love solving problems and implementing positive change. Every day I try to look at how we are working and make sure it is the most efficient and sensible way to work.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I am a serial list maker.

What is your dream vacation destination?

A week at the beach, unplugged, with my family.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Learn to step back from a problem, do something else and return later to solve it with a fresh look.

Hi, I'm Nicole.
Fundraising Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

That it matters.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The people. It is one huge gathering of amazing people.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

What I do today is to benefit tomorrow.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always ask. If you don't ask, you don't give them the opportunity to say yes.

Hi, I'm Nina.
Senior National Production Direct

What has inspired you lately?

The world seen through the eyes of my three-year-old daughter.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

Walking 39 miles may be hard, but it will be the most fun 39 miles you've ever walked!

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

The team and the moment a cancer survivor speaks about how they benefited from a treatment funded by the event.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Borneo

Hi, I'm Nina.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods.

Pizza and ANYTHING Mexican

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Reminding myself that I am healthy and that there are many men and women out there who are not. Working for an organization like AVON 39 puts things into perspective, big time.

What's the best fundraising idea or pitch you've seen or used?

I suggested to a Walker who has a dog walking business to organize a dog walk for her campaign and charge an entrance fee. She thanked me over and over for coming up with the "best idea ever."

What is your dream vacation destination?

Visit all the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.

Hi, I'm Pamela.
Fundraising Coach

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

How the funds are distributed. Funds raised in each of our Walks could directly impact family and friends of our participants.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Pink ribbon tutus! I met a Boston 39er who raised over $500 by adding pink ribbons to the tutu she wore on event. Each pink ribbon represented a donation and a different person she was walking for.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Set high goals, strive to reach them. Remember the path chosen by God to get you there.

What has inspired you lately?

Altruistic strangers I've encountered in New York. I love stumbling upon random acts of kindness happening among the likeliest of characters.

Hi, I'm Patti.
National Director of Crew & Volunteers

What has inspired you lately?

I am inspired by people who truly want to make a difference. When I see their passion, it inspires me to want to make a difference, too.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

People may be surprised by the advanced level of commitment and training it takes to walk 39 miles in 2 days. It's inspiring to see people motivate each other along the way.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I make sure to take time to reset and appreciate what I have in life. Good health, a great family, and wonderful friends. I'm truly grateful for these things.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

A visit to the gym with my friends. There is nothing better than laughing yourself through your workout with good friends!

Hi, I'm Peter.
Senior Accountant

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Knowing that what I do is helpful to people in the big picture.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My father.

What’s the best fundraising idea or pitch you’ve seen or used?

Just ask

What's your go-to stress reliever?

Go for a walk in the woods.

Hi, I'm Rachael.
Director of Social Content Strategy

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love being able to move people to action with my words.

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I've always been super competitive and wanted to be the best at everything I've ever done. Isn't it kind of a no-brainer...I mean who wouldn't want to be awesome at everything??

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Time in nature. I love trees and hiking especially. I'd climb trees, too, if it were age appropriate.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Love first, love second, love third, and when all else fails, love again.

Hi, I'm Rich.
Senior Manager, Web Development

What has inspired you lately?

People. The web of life is amazing. Imagine - every person you see anywhere has their own story, their own "thing" they are going through.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My stepdaughter, Catherine. She has Alopecia Areata and it has never stopped her from having such a beautiful and positive self-esteem.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Egypt and I will do it one day. I just want to touch a pyramid.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

A nice cup of coffee and silence.

Hi, I'm Sam.
Senior Manager of IT

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Problem solving - addressing the micro in service of the macro

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

Meditation and family. An early wake-up/brisk morning walk courtesy of the dog, the support of my lovely wife, a team of amazing coworkers, and black coffee.

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Swimming, hiking, camping, exposure to nature. And heading home to see the folks.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

Hi, I'm Sara.
Operations Associate

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love the people. Their stories and dedication to the treatment and cure of breast cancer.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Cuba. I love the old world style it has retained over the years.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

My two dachshunds. They always make me laugh and make me feel better when I've had a hard day.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never look back. Keep your eyes to the future and leave the past behind.

Hi, I'm Sarah.
Regional Fundraising Manager

Who's the strongest person you know?

My grandma. She grew up in Communist Russia, lived through World War II, and eventually made her way to the United States not knowing any English. Not to mention she was a breast cancer survivor!

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

Staff camp out at Basecamp too!

How do you stay motivated to be your very best - every day?

I stay motivated to be my very best every day because our work here is not done. Cancer doesn't take a break and neither am I.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Costa Rica. Yoga on the beach, surfing, hiking, zip lining!

Hi, I'm Sherri.
Fundraising Coach

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

I love connecting with people and learning their personal stories and building connections.

Who’s the strongest person you know?

My mentor from college, David Ives. He has had so many medical diagnoses and always puts people ahead of himself. He recently got nominated for a Nobel peace prize and he is still so humble!

What is your dream vacation destination?

Barcelona, Spain. I studied abroad there and I want to go back any chance I have!

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

Relax on a beach or somewhere outside in the fresh air.

Hi, I'm Stephanie.
Fundraising Coach

Name two of your favorite foods.

Mexican wedding cakes and French onion soup

Name the thing you love most about the work you do every day.

Being able to hear about what the beneficiaries are doing with the money that we help fundraise.

What is something that might surprise people about AVON 39?

The money is always being donated to our beneficiaries, not just during event season.

What is your dream vacation destination?

Somewhere on a beach with no cell phone signal.

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