Since the age of three I knew I wanted to be an artist. I also wanted to live out the values my parents instilled in me of serving others and making an impact in the world. I’m the Design Director at Pyramid Communications, an agency that works with non-profits, foundations, indigenous groups and community organizations. Our tagline is ‘We give voice to good causes.’
My parents had a passion for social justice and community development, so they started a non-profit housing firm in Cincinnati’s poorest community. Believing that change comes from within, they chose to live and raise their family in that same community. I grew up playing on fire escapes, waiting in food stamp lines, giving volunteer church groups tours of the ghetto, and playing barefoot in the streets. I worked in the soup kitchen but I was also the kid in the soup kitchen line.
My mother was a hospital chaplain. She believed that everyone had a story to tell and she was passionate about hearing those stories. She had an amazing gift of comfort in the midst of pain and fear. She died of cancer when I was 21.
Through my experiences visiting Mom’s workplace, as well as going through her illness, it taught me to believe in the power of nurses. I was inspired to work with One Nurse at a Time because I want to support nurses that choose to volunteer their time and skills in areas that so desperately need it. We all can change the world, and ourselves, by using the gifts we are given and sharing them with others.