“Boston has such a diverse group of people who can learn from one another and better each other. “
Can you elaborate more on Coats For Kids?
Coats for Kids is a program of Caring Partners, Inc., a 501c3 organization, and recently entered its 21st year. This mission of Coats for Kids is simple: “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Each fall, the community is invited to donate gently worn coats for children and adults to any Anton’s Cleaners or Jordan’s Furniture location.” Anton’s Cleaners cleans and distributes coats through a network of over 90 local social service agencies, free of charge. Since the program’s inception, Coats for Kids has collected and cleaned nearly 900,000 coats.
Can you tell me about your background?
I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with my B.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design in 2009. Immediately following, I started working full time for a property management company in Burlington, Mass. as a Marketing Assistant/Shopping Center Coordinator while also going for my M.S. in Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University full-time. While working at the property management company, I was able to not only support the everyday marketing initiatives, but organize and plan events at shopping centers in conjunction with local nonprofits. As much as I enjoyed marketing, I came to discover how much I also loved the hustle and bustle of event planning and the nonprofit sector. In 2012, I started working for Anton’s Cleaners, handling all internal marketing and leading their nonprofit arm, Caring Partners Inc.
Can you share an unforgettable story that happened during your life in Boston?
When I started working for Anton’s Cleaners, I knew that I would be involved in exciting and rewarding experiences, especially being given the opportunity to work with the two programs that fall under Caring Partners, Inc: Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball. I never could have prepared myself for the first Belle of the Ball that I attended in 2013. I spent months organizing the event which provides prom gowns to high school students who often come from difficult backgrounds and otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend their prom. In my mind, I had an idea of what to expect, but never could have imagined how touching the experience would truly be until I was there in person. Hundreds of students from all over New England were invited for this one-day event at Simmons College in Boston. The students were all so grateful and excited to be a part of the experience. No matter where life takes me, I will always be involved in Belle of the Ball in one way or another.
When and why did you start your career in Boston? Any story behind it?
I always knew that I would stay in New England, and more specifically the greater Boston area. I felt the Boston area presented a unique and wide range of opportunities in marketing that I wouldn’t necessarily find in New Hampshire. I started my career in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2012 when I started my current position with Anton’s Cleaners and Caring Partners, Inc. that I knew I was where I belonged.
Who/what was inspired you to become the person you are today?
I always felt as though I had exceptional role models growing up. My parents showed me that nothing is just handed to you in life, and if you want something bad enough and you go after it, you can surpass even your own dreams and aspirations. It wasn’t uncommon for my dad to be working three jobs while my mom stayed home with my brother and me. They always stressed the importance of education, working hard, believing in myself, and making the best of what life has to offer.
Do you have any story funny, touching, or important to you that you’d like to share with us?
My niece, Lennon Kate, recently came into the world. She is the definition of a princess, currently the only niece/grandchild – and we love to spoil her! I may be biased, but she is the most beautiful and happiest baby on the planet. It is important to me that I work hard and become a good role model for her and hopefully someday children of my own. I want the next generation of my family to find what makes them happy and go after it like I have.
What are your passions in life?
I love to create. When I was young I was involved in art classes and later in life found my passion for graphic design and various DIY projects. There is something rewarding about creating something and being able to enjoy for years to come. I also love to travel, especially to the Caribbean. My husband and I try to vacation at least once a year. We love to experience new cultures and adventures together.
What does Boston mean to you?
Boston has always and continues to mean an opportunity for growth and networking for me. I have always strived to be the best person that I can be by working hard, absorbing as much information as I can, and learning from others. Boston has such a diverse group of people who can learn from one another and better each other. I think that creating a network of people who support one another and are able to offer insight and experience is a priceless opportunity.