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  1. MEET DYANNA!

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

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    Pronounced di-ana! (Spelt with a 2 N’s and a Y)

    What did you do prior to working at Keep a Child Alive?
    I’ve worked in fundraising for many years, primarily in organizations dealing with children’s issues.  Working for nonprofits seems to be part of my DNA. That said, I did take a turn at capitalism and owned a clothing boutique in Seattle. But, I always made sure that the store partnered with nonprofits and supported local artists!

    How did you first get involved with Keep a Child Alive?
    I love this organization- it is amazing! I remember seeing the “I am African” campaign and thinking it was brilliant. Over the years, I have seen Alicia speak so passionately about the organization, and have always been moved by its work.  A few months ago I came back from visiting Spain and a friend told me about the open position at KCA. I met with Peter, some of the staff and a few board members and knew I had found my place. There is so much passion around here!

    What does a day look like in the life of Dyanna?
    I wish I could say I started each day at 6am with yoga! But I am more likely to hit the snooze alarm. (PM workouts are more my thing).

    My day is a good kind of hectic at KCA. Each day is a little different and I love that!  But every day I talk to some of our generous supporters and it is truly inspiring how much they believe in the work of KCA.  I am also inspired by my co-workers in so many ways and truly appreciate the family-feel they create in the office. 

    At the end of the day, life is about balance. So I work hard for KCA and the beautiful people we serve and then I find some me time 

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    What is your favorite part of the job?
    The passion, support and collaboration I experience every day.  Whether it is through our supporters, my colleagues or our board members. Also, we are very fortunate to have Peter’s strong leadership.  Oh, and that I can bring Shea (my dog) to work!  That just screams healthy work environment. 

    What do you do outside of Keep a Child Alive?
    I love music, travel, sand, exploring Brooklyn, reading anything by Dave Eggers, spending time with people I love.  I really like being around funny people.

    When not at Keep a Child Alive, Shea lives for a belly rub and a competitive game of tug-of-war

    Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Yikes. This is hard.  Loving, loyal, and fiercely-determined.

    What’s your favorite color or food? 
    Green. I like green food, too. 

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    Here’s a shot of Shae giving us a smile. We love when she comes to visit!

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