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Graduate Program: MA, Public Service, Nonprofit Management
Undergraduate Degree, Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Trinity Nonprofit Agency: Milwaukee Christian Center, Communications Coordinator
Peace Corps, 2000-2002, Bulgaria
As a Community Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in a small agricultural community in Bulgaria I was involved in many different projects and programs including program and fund development, program management, small/medium size business support, marketing/communications, and volunteer recruitment. I coordinated projects such as an International Dance Festival, programs aimed at decreasing unemployment in the region, and youth development. This experience served as a catalyst and led me to apply for the Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University.
The Trinity Fellows Program offered a wonderful opportunity for me to develop skills in nonprofit management both academically and professionally through a community placement at the Milwaukee Christian Center. The classes offered ideas on leadership theory and emphasized communication. The small Trinity Fellow classes allowed for discussion of current events in the Milwaukee nonprofit community, and was a great asset in networking with fellow classmates and learning more about resources available to the nonprofit community in general.
My experience at the Milwaukee Christian Center was the highlight of my Trinity Fellows experience. While working there I gained valuable skills in communication, program development, marketing, fund development, and special events planning. As the Volunteer/Communications Coordinator I had the opportunity to centralize and professionalize the agency’s volunteer program, coordinated the agency’s annual bowl-a-thon, was a member of the Resource Development Committee, assisted with a grant research and writing, and was involved with creating the annual report and reconstructing the agency’s website. My job included much more than just volunteer coordination and communications – I was fortunate to be able to work closely with the Development Director and Executive Director during my time there. The skills I gained at the Milwaukee Christian Center will be utilized throughout my career.
Carole Ferrara, Director
Carolyn Swabek, Assistant Director
Peggy Mead, Program Assistant
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (800) 222-6544
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