Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sponsored Projects OfficerRA: The 2000's
One of my 4 sons lives with mental illness and was diagnosed in the late 90’s. This lead my husband and I to start a non-profit in 1999, “Houses of Hope.” That journey taught me all about obtaining non-profit status, building a board, filing 990’s, finding and applying for grants, compliance requirements ( private, community, county, state and federal).
I did all of this while founding and running a computer consulting company, then being a CFO for an order of Catholic nuns (5013c), then as a Parish Administrator for a large Parish(501c3) and moving to focus on seniors with another 501c3. When I moved to Ohio in 2018 with an eye towards retirement, I tried it for 2 years. Deciding retirement wasn’t for me during the pandemic, I interviewed with my current employer and was offered a position as a Sponsored Projects Officer which blends all my business, grant and compliance experience into an amazing opportunity to help the health of children and work from home 100%.
Life is good and this job and the people I work with are a gift.
Lead Sponsored Projects OfficerRA: 2020 - Recent
I became a Research Administrator in February 2017. I had been a grants administrator for 10 years prior to trying something new. I worked in government and non-profit community positions and decided I wanted to work to support children’s health and equity. My youngest daughter was born 3 1/2 months early and had to live in the pediatric hospital that I currently work for. They treated me like family and took great care of my baby to ensure she was healthy and ready to come home. From that point, I knew that I would one day contribute to the amazing work the hospital was doing. Since being part of the Research community, I have learned so much and have seen so many victories in pediatric research. The testimonies from the parents and children keep me going each day!