Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meet the ENF Staff

Erin Rohan
Development Manager

Erin enjoys the company of her
desk plant and the morning sun.
How long have you worked at the ENF?
About six years. I joined the ENF staff in June 2007.

What projects are you/your department working on right now?
I am launching a new staff position at full speed! As of October 1st, I’m charged with improving the annual fundraising efforts of the ENF while ensuring best use of the tools and knowledge we have here at the office. Right now among other things, I’m preparing personalized appeal letters for thousands of ENF donors asking for their continued support this season.

What are you doing to celebrate ENF Month?
I encourage and recognize the hard work of ENF fundraising volunteers! Leadership Pins and contests such as the Leadership Challenge and the Chair Challenge only reveal a fraction of the success these ENF Chairs achieve. We thank them all year long, but ENF Month brings a special opportunity.
                                                                                    
What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
Our charitable mission and the broad scope of it. Elks’ philanthropy meets a myriad of needs and looks as dynamic as the communities that make up the U.S.A. My work really does help Elks build stronger communities, and that’s important to me. I love hearing stories and seeing photos of Elks in action as they engage people through ENF programs.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
I spend most days using the computer at my desk in the company of my beautiful desk plants and my upbeat office mates. (More about Lindsay and Lydia in the coming weeks.) I have a hand in several projects that require ongoing attention, so while my days are not routine, they often include writing, research, fixing problems, making the most of our constituent database, and turning ideas into reality. Meetings with colleagues and talking on the phone to donors and volunteers sprinkle my day with welcome interaction. I try to get outside during lunch for a walk in the park every day, too, and that bottle on the water cooler often needs replacing.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?

I took leave from the ENF for four months in 2010 to venture on an independent service trip in Nepal. During that time, I lived in a rugged, rural mountain village, fully immersed in Nepali culture, and taught at a Buddhist monastery and an elementary school.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Paul Simon, of course, who is very much alive and unarguably brilliant. He and his music are the best, which I’ve known since the first time his tunes gripped me from the airwaves of a local radio station via the speakers of my dad’s 1988 pickup truck. Although I’ve seen Paul and his band in concert several times, we’ve yet to meet. If you or anyone you know can arrange that meeting for us, please do!

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