Ohio Prospect Research Network
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  • August 01, 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Danielle Gibson, Prospect Researcher, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    What was your first job?

    Kroger as a bagger

    What do you listen to on your commute?

    I listen to basically everything. You could say I have a slight music obsession. 

    What’s your favorite thing about what you do or where you work?

    I love working for Cincinnati Children’s. I enjoy knowing that I play a part in helping to raise funds so that the hospital can continue their amazing work and research. Being a mom, it’s nice to know that we have such an incredible hospital so close to home.

    What would be the first thing you'd do if you won the lottery?

    I’d be on the next flight to Bora Bora

    What is your favorite dessert?

    Edward’s chocolate cream pie

  • July 25, 2022 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Steven Perlin, CRM & Research Specialist, Data Management & Research, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

    What was your first job?

    In high school I worked at the local park as a recreation assistant and worked in the office, refereed basketball, coached a few teams, and worked as a camp counselor at their sports camp.

    What’s your favorite thing about what you do or where you work?

    I love that my supervisors are exceedingly intelligent, solutions-focused, and good at their jobs. They also give me a huge amount of autonomy while simultaneously expecting results. 

    What is your favorite dessert?

    Campfire Smores ice cream from Mitchells. Imagine a smore. Now imagine it in ice cream. Ribbons of marshmallow, chunks of chocolate, and pieces of graham cracker. Hungry yet?

    If you were so wealthy you didn’t need to work, what would you do with your time?

    Two things, both of which are VERY cliche: fixing things around my house and philanthropy. I would fix things around my house because it’s generally enjoyable and challenging, but also saves a lot of money. And I would do philanthropy so I could make a measurable difference in the communities that I care about, without having to do all of the hard work.

  • July 06, 2022 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tammy L. Davis, Development Research and Stewardship, Capital University

    What was your first job?

    I was a volunteer at a hospital and then became a hostess/front end register operator at Sister’s Chicken & Biscuits (if any of you remember that restaurant  J). Following graduation from college, I accepted a position to manage a Pathology billing office and was there for about ten years.   

    How did you get into fundraising and/or prospect research?

    I began my career as an administrative assistant for Annual Giving after moving to Columbus.  This position transitioned into splitting my role and assisting our director for Corporate and Foundation Relations.  My love and connections with our alumni and the business world moved me into my current role as assistant director for Development Research and Prospect Management.  

    Where’s the next place on your bucket list? 

    Within the U.S., I would love to travel up the east coast to Maine, or explore the west coast Washington State or Alaska.  I visited California and Hawaii a few years ago (pre-pandemic) and wouldn’t mind revisiting again.  Anywhere overseas would be exciting…..Iceland, Italy, Greece, Scotland, France, etc. 

    What skill would you like to master?

    I have always wanted to learn to fly a plane or become a pilot.  

    Is pineapple an acceptable pizza topping?

    Absolutely, YES!! I have a Hawaiian pizza quite frequently. J

  • June 29, 2022 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Erin Weaver, Assistant Director, Data Quality, Prospect Development, University of Cincinnati Foundation

    What was your first job?

    Working on the grounds of a golf course; being hit by rogue golf balls or getting struck by lightning were daily dangers!

    What piece of advice would you give to yourself at the beginning of your career?

    When interviewers ask, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Really think it through; 5 years can go by very quickly

    What do you listen to on your commute?

    First half: Pete the Cat & Toy Story

    Second half: True crime podcasts

    Do you think iced coffee should only be consumed in the summer or all year round?

    I will drink hot coffee in 95-degree weather

    What is your favorite dessert?


  • June 29, 2022 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nancy Sowders, Prospect Research Analyst, Kenyon College

    What was your first job?

    I worked summers during college at Star Island Conference Center, which is located on an island 7 miles off the coast of NH and Maine. Around 90 college kids staff the hotel and other buildings with jobs ranging from housekeeping to carpentry workers. Each week staffers entertain the conferees with a talent show. 

    What’s your favorite thing about what you do or where you work? 

    I like discovering and bringing information to our development officers that help them make a connection with a possible donor or volunteer. It's a whole team effort and it's great to know I had an important part when the team gets a WIN!

    What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? 

    Budgeting and saving money by running your home like a business. We are so busy these days that we forget to take the time to plan a household budget – and stick to it! If we implement routine maintenance for our homes (appliances, HVAC, roof, etc.) and our vehicles we're not constantly playing $$ defense when a disaster hits. So many people don't save or save enough, for retirement, too. We need to bring the goal-setting tools, tips, and tricks we use to streamline our work lives into our home lives.  (Hmmm, apparently I could go on and on and on.)

    Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why? 

    I want to visit all the lighthouses on the eastern seaboard. I plan to climb to the top of the lighthouse observation decks in as many as possible.  I climbed the 219 steps of the St. Augustine lighthouse last year – whew! America's early maritime history is found in the stories of our many lighthouses. And, well, they're all by the ocean – who doesn't love that?!

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