Colleen has a lot of “home towns” being the daughter of a Marine, but after 12 years in Austin, Texas – this is home with her two amazing kids, Asher & Presley. Colleen loves being a mom, traveling, musical theatre, kale, flip flops, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, March Madness, St. Louis Cardinals, palindromes, strawberries, Elvis Presley and a cappella song groups. She also loves a good book and yoga. She has been charged with (and found guilty of) overusing the exclamation point! When she’s not spending time with her two kiddos, you can find her cooking, practicing yoga, putting a needle on the record, playing with her rescued pug (Thelma), devouring a book, and doing her laundry. Colleen does not play the violin.
What cause are you passionate about?
I can’t really choose one. My nonprofit career started when my brother was diagnosed with lymphoma so cancer causes are special to me. However, animal rescue and arts/education causes are near and dear to my heart as well.
Where did you beg your parents to take you as a child?
I begged them to take me on the Sound of Music tour in Austria. When we lived overseas for a brief period of time, my Dad made this happen!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“I see what you are trying to do here. Do I like it? No.” Tim Gunn
Can you use chopsticks?
Yes! I lived in Tokyo for one year and am a chopstick aficionado.
Record/CD/Cassette/Music you wore out in high school?
Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight Album…mainly because it has the greatest song of all time on it. My Name is Not Susan, to which I know ALL of the lyrics and possibly have some sweet moves to.
Colleen joined Charity Dynamics in 2014 and has been in the non-profit space for nearly 14 years. She helps build comprehensive fundraising and user experience strategy, is great at relationship management and connecting the fundraiser or donor to the mission of an organization. Most of her experience lies in event or peer-to-peer fundraising and she loves to see organizations build on their success year over year. Her past positions include Sr. Development Manager, Individual Gifts at ZACH Theatre; Team LIVESTRONG Manager, LIVESTRONG Foundation; Sr. Campaign Manager, LLS/Team in Training; and Singer/Actor at Walt Disney World. She received her Bachelors of Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance from James Madison University. (Go Dukes!)