Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meet the ENF Staff

Ashley Brown
Programs Coordinator

Ashley channels her role model Lee Miller as she
puts her creative angle on a scholarship mailing.
How long have you worked at the ENF?
I have worked at the ENF since April 2013. That short time feels like it’s flown by quickly, but I’ve already learned so much and can’t wait to learn more!

What projects are you/your department working on right now?
We recently launched the 2014 Most Valuable Student and Legacy Awards scholarship competitions so we are working with scholarship chairs to help promote the contest while also answering questions from applicants. Along with our day to day responsibilities, we’re also working to prepare for the Leadership Weekend from April 25 to 27, 2014, where the top 20 Most Valuable Student finalists will be interviewing for top awards. There are a lot of exciting changes and our office has been busy!

What are you doing to celebrate ENF Month?
Besides reading the 25 Lodges in 25 Days, I also have been reading the thank yous and updates we receive from our scholars. They are all doing amazing things, both in their studies and their communities, and it is inspiring to know the impact they are having on the world and the impact we have been able to have on their education.

What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
I really enjoy speaking with students and Elks volunteers who are all working to help improve access to higher education. I know how profoundly my life has been changed by attending college as a first generation college student, so it is an honor to work with dedicated volunteers who promote the contests and the stories of the students who benefit from the generosity of the Elks.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
My average day begins by answering emails and calls from Elks scholars, applicants and our volunteers regarding the scholarship contests, while drinking my beloved morning coffee. I also process the current scholar’s verification forms, help process and send scholarship checks, and generally maintain the scholarship database and payment schedules. I also help Colleen a bit with Hoop Shoot questions and getting extra materials out to the directors to help promote their contests. This is in addition to writing features on our scholars and sometimes our Hoop Shoot Directors about the amazing work they are doing in their careers and communities.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
I have a twin brother with whom I am very close. Many people seem fascinated by twins so they’re always curious what it was like growing up with one. For me, it was like having a built in friend with whom I was able to share life milestones and also a lot of laughs. 

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

It would probably be Lee Miller, who was a model and photographer and part of the Lost Generation in Paris in the 1920s. She later became a wartime photojournalist in World War II. Besides being an amazing artist and photographer in her own right, she mingled with many famous and influential artists and writers and led a fascinating life. Besides being an art history nerd, it is inspiring to read about a strong independent woman who followed her own path and created her own legacy.

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