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Introduce yourself within a sentence.
In addition to mother, daughter, sister, aunt, fiancé, friend, soon-to-be grandmother, and business owner since 1999, people know me as a strong advocate for supporting those with the fewest resources using creative problem solving, collaboration and servant leadership.

What is the most challenging part of your life in this time of crisis?
Adjusting and staying focused is the most challenging. Day plans have been blown up as we try to keep up with news and pivot to learn and provide new ways to mitigate the impact on everyone’s well-being as we continue to try to conduct business and life.

What is your guiding light every day that makes you smile?
The deep gratitude I have for the important people in my life is my guiding light. Sharing that gratitude with them and offering our previously live networking events virtually and more often for people to share thoughts, ideas and resources have been invaluable. Just seeing faces and hearing that others are feeling the same and coming up with ideas to help can renew determination to stay focused and positive!

If you can share a source of hope with someone in need, what would it be?
For every piece of horrible news there is at least one piece of good news to be found. Find and share those. Just like volunteering and giving has been proven to make us happier, being a part of sharing hope helps us remain hopeful.


Here are some stories of the people around us
who are facing these times of crisis with hope and determination


Ilse & Christian





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