I am the current Associate Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (2013—present) and an Associate State Director of the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors (2013—present).

Upon becoming a member of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) I met a wetlands scientist who has both shaped and supported my leadership with the local organization as well as the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).  When I met Jim, he was the Associate Vice President of HBADE, a Director to the NAHB Board of Directors and the HBADE Associates Council President.  Along with his decades of membership with both organizations, he is an accomplished leader within his own field. 

As a woman and a health professional, I am not a typical member for a housing industry association.  From the beginning, Jim made me feel welcome and invited me to participate where my talents would be best used.  Jim has helped me to navigate the building industry and continues to be my unofficial mentor.  

As a believer in 'seek first to understand, then to be understood', I became more involved within the local association.  This involvement led to interest and then my election to the local board, the national board, and ultimately becoming Jim's successor as the HBADE Associate Vice President and Associates Council Chair.  We continue to work side-by- side as NAHB Directors.  Our similarities lie in the ability to find common ground amongst diverse viewpoints from a spectrum of professionals.  It is an openness and receptiveness to the different perspectives with understanding that each person brings value to a project and their lens, although different, is complementary. 

My active listening skills, ability to meet people where they are and my experience of working with diverse groups of people within and outside of my profession makes me a strong candidate for Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  

Be sure to check out Parts 1, 2, & 3 of My Volunteer Leadership Journey: 

Part 1: SOTA President

Part 2: President Delaware OT Practice Board

Part 3: Delaware Rep to the AOTA RA

Part 4: AOTA Home and Community Health Special Interest Section