Get to know Public Engagement Coordinator, Mindy! Mindy has been with Allerton since 2011 and has recently taken on a new role connecting with our wonderful supporters; helping them find opportunities to get involved and make an impact at the Park!
“Everyone has their own Allerton story, memories of the Park that have stayed with them. I am honored to hear these stories and help people find a match between Allerton’s needs and the areas they are passionate about.”
In addition to working with volunteers and youth programs, Mindy is excited to collaborate with our sponsors for the annual Kirby Winter Wellness Walk!
“This is one event that we can do very close to its traditional format. Families will be able to come out to Allerton and enjoy the festivities while maintaining social distance. It’s perfect! “
Check out our interview with Mindy to learn more about her below!
Describe your role in 3 words.
Engagement, fundraising, growth
What has been your favorite project so far?
Updating the Allerton wish list. It helped me understand each department at Allerton a little better.
What was your first job?
Assistant in an animal hospital
What would be the title of your autobiography?
The Power of Optimism
What is something you’ve never done, but would like to do?
Which cartoon character would you most like to switch lives with?
Mama Bear, of the Berenstain Bears
What is one thing you can’t live without?
If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
Gardening for self-sufficiency
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Speak fluent French
What do you like to do on your days off?
Outdoor projects, usually garden-related
What is something you’ve learned in the last week?
I learned how much pizza and birthday cake is too much for my 6-year-old!
Is there anything about Allerton you haven’t learned yet, but would love to know?
Although I’ve seen the preparations many times, I have never actually seen a wedding at Allerton. I would love to see firsthand such a memorable event.
What is on your wish list for the next five years here?
I would love to see a kitchen area for public programs. We could do hand-on cooking workshops, youth programs, volunteer potlucks, and so much more!
What is your most memorable “face palm” moment?
During my wedding ceremony, I put my husband’s ring on the wrong hand. Our officiant gently corrected me and I heard a wave of laughter from our guests.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
A backpacking trip with my sister.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
Do you have any exciting or upcoming events you would like to share with everyone?
Volunteer Orientations have started up again! Anyone interested in volunteering should come out to learn how they can improve Allerton.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Who I am today is not who I have to be tomorrow
What is something people might be surprised to know about you?
When I first started working at Allerton, my position involved using a chainsaw and driving the firetruck.
What is your favorite thinking spot at Allerton?
The Breezy Overlook (the area near the Meadow that you can see when you look across the Reflecting Pond from the Mansion)