Our CEO (Leslie Graham) contacted me the morning before the announcement was made to the rest of the organization. It came as a complete surprise. Because my work is always so fast and furious, I rarely have time to take a break and reflect. But that day, I stopped for a minute and told my family. It was exciting and flattering, and it’s nice to be noticed.
How long have you worked at PCC?
Five years. I started on March 19, 2018. My first year with PCC was its 25th anniversary, which was fun.
What led you to PCC?
My husband and I moved to this area from Birmingham, Alabama, when he took a job as a pediatric hospitalist. My professional background is varied—from communications and development work overseas to freelance writing at home. But I have a master’s degree in public health, and when I saw the development job opening at the Primary Care Coalition, I knew it was the right one for me.
Tell me about your work.
We have a very small development staff, but I get to work with teams throughout PCC. I love that I get to be involved in projects throughout the organization. And I enjoy helping figure out how we find the funding, build community partnerships, and keep it all going. It’s exciting and rewarding to help PCC pursue opportunities for bigger, better work.
What are the biggest challenges?
Probably the same as for most people: There never seems to be enough time, so there’s always a balancing act to manage immediate and long-term needs. The biggest challenge I face is having to constantly juggle so many things.
What are the biggest rewards?
It’s just magic when all the pieces are finally coming together, and we have the resources to make an impact. It’s also wonderful to get grant funding knowing that people working on grant-funded projects will stay employed. That feels great.
Early in the pandemic, I can remember watching my husband go off to a healthcare job while I worked from home. Working with the PCC team to find funding and equipment to keep people safe was a way to contribute—not to mention channel some of my own anxiety into something good.
What are your interests? What drives you?
With a toddler in the house, I don’t have much time to pursue hobbies. But I enjoy baking and manage to do that. It helps that my seven-year-old is pretty good at cracking eggs.
My husband and I enjoy trying out new restaurants. We are lucky to have one and sometimes two live-in grandmas who can provide babysitting.
What drives me is wanting to do something that matters and make things better. At PCC, the team environment makes everyone want to show up for each other. There’s a sense that we’re in it together and making a difference.
Stephanie was also one of our 30th Anniversary storytellers--click here to check out her story.