Andrea is a communications and community relations professional with more than 20 years of experience. Her background includes working for a regional bank, Fortune 100 company, and institution of higher learning. She is also experienced in working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning and volunteer engagement. Having the opportunity to work in diverse professional environments has provided opportunities for engaging with and leading a variety of individuals, teams, and projects.
Andrea enjoys helping others achieve their goals and gains personal satisfaction from seeing them realize their potential. Andrea incorporated coaching techniques in her leadership style in her previous positions. Her focus on employee empowerment, employee engagement, influential communication and strategic communication were key to her success as a leader.
Andrea is married with two young adult children. Andrea enjoys “wogging” (walk-jogging), gardening, spending time with family and friends, and creating personalized gift baskets for them, whether for special occasions or “just because.” Andrea is a graduate of James Madison University where she double majored in English and Sociology. She completed the Leadership Metro Richmond Leadership Quest and has received a certificate in Corporate Community Relations from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
Proudest Professional Achievement and Why?
Successfully transitioning (several times) in my career because I have learned to focus on the competencies that it takes to be successful and not allow the fact that I had never held a particular title to keep me from pursuing the next thing.
Proudest Personal Achievement and Why?
My family. It has been an amazing thing to watch the inquisitive little boy and giggly little girl that once depended on me for their every need grow into the wonderful young adults they are today.
Three words someone else would use to describe me:
Caring, Innovative, Fundly (fun & friendly-since I only have three words)
I consider a day a success if:
I have been able to make a difference, even if only a small one, for someone else, and I learn something, even if only something minor, I have grown.
The toughest challenge I’ve ever faced is:
Challenges are simply learning opportunities to stretch and grow. Thinking of them that way makes them not so tough.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen."
- Hebrews 11:1