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Caring in Common showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of every month. The spotlight series aims to connect the Andar community on both a professional and personal basis. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. You can see all past spotlights in the Free Resources section of our website.

Would you like to be featured? It's a great opportunity to grow your professional brand, and just involves answering a few questions here and submitting a couple of photos to hilary.german@andarsoftware.com.

Get to Know Stephanie from Metro United Way

Meet Stephanie Burton, Director of Databases at Metro United Way. Stephanie loves taking a clunky, manual process, and finding ways to automate it and make it better.

Learn more about her in this month's Caring in Common customer spotlight.

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Stephanie Burton

 


 

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Stephanie Burton
Director of Databases
Metro United Way 
Louisville, KY, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

It will be nine years in November (11/1/2011 was my official start date!)

What’s a typical day in your role like?

One of the things that I love about my job is that there really isn’t a typical day for me. At any given time, I may be working on up to ten projects. They can run the gamut from tedious tasks like scrubbing data to energizing ones where I’m trying to find a solution that is innovative and maximizes efficiency.

Can you tell us about a project you’re most proud of?

The projects I am most proud of are the ones where I came up with a solution to a problem by repurposing tools we already had on hand. For example, I created my United Way’s help desk ticketing system, using Andar survey forms. Our staff can go to one site, and from there, submit tickets for training requests, hardware/software issues, room setup needs, and more. I also created an online portal for childcare centers that participate in our Excellence Academy program to track and share with us their center, teacher, and training data using Andar iAccess.

 

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Above: Meet Stephanie's sweet pups, Izzy and Emma.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

Knowing that there is always something that we could be doing more efficiently is what motivates me to come to work. I really enjoy finding smarter ways to get the job done.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

I love taking a clunky, manual process, and finding ways to automate it and make it better. Being able to take a process that once took a lot of time or money to complete and dramatically decreasing the need for that resource expenditure is very gratifying.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

The biggest professional challenge I face is encountering reluctance to try something new. People get comfortable in the way they do things, and they aren’t always willing to stop, reassess, and redesign processes to optimize them. As someone who really enjoys maximizing process efficacy, I’d say that is my biggest professional challenge.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

If I could choose anyone as a mentor, it would be Grace Hopper. She was an early pioneer in computer programming and posited that you could base a computer language on English words, which was not believed at the time. She was tenacious and curious, and I admire that in a person.

What is your personal mantra?

Quality is a probabilistic function of quantity.

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Above: Stephanie winning 1st place at her county fair's bread baking contest.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

Outside of work, I love baking bread! I’ve actually won 1st place in my county fair’s bread baking contest both times I entered.

 

 


 

Carring in Common - Get to know other Andar fans who care about making #impact as much as you do.

 

Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Meet Shona Koehn, Data & Campaign Support Specialist

Shona is an Andar/360 super-user. As Data & Campaign Support Specialist, she spends her workdays cleaning and standardizing records, setting up dashboards, and running lots of reports.

Learn more about her responsibilities at United Way of St. Joseph County in this month's Caring in Common customer spotlight!

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Shona Koehn

 


 

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Shona Koehn
Data & Campaign Support Specialist
United Way of St. Joseph County 
South Bend, IN, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

I have been working with United Way of St. Joseph County for just under three years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

As an Andar super-user for our resource development team, my days are primarily spent cleaning and standardizing records, setting up dashboards, and running LOTS of reports.

Can you tell us about a project you’re most proud of?

I recently set up a nightly report to alert the RD team about leadership donations received the previous day. It took a combination of SQL queries, an extract table, and an extract report to get all the desired information into the report. I learned a LOT about data mining in the process. When combined with Andar/360’s pledge alerts, it keeps the whole team up-to-date and able to quickly connect with donors individually.

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Above: Shona sporting her Live United shirt while working from home.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

The work that I do supports the rest of the staff at my United Way. It’s crucial for my colleagues to have clean data and meaningful reports to do their work, and it’s important to me that I’m here to help them out!

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

I am a data geek, so I love being able to put those skills to use as part of a really great team.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

Like so many in the nonprofit community, I struggle with the implementation of big ideas because of the time or monetary resources required to bring them to fruition.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

It’s actually three people. I would choose the band Hanson as my mentors. (Yes, THAT Hanson.) In addition to being a huge fan of their music, they are entrepreneurs and excel at engaging with their fans to keep them coming back. I think that a lot of what they do could be applied toward keeping donors engaged.

What is your personal mantra?

It's not really a mantra, but it sums me up pretty well. It's a quote by David Allen, "Being organized simply means that where something is matches what it means to you."

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Above: Meet Shona's two adorable bunnies. They're both named after Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters. The brown one is named Dawn Summers and the black one is named Mr. Anya.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

Outside of work, I mostly like to spend time with my family and my two pet rabbits. My husband and I like to watch hockey and go to shows and concerts (when we aren’t in a pandemic, of course!) I also really enjoy organizing, designing, and making things for my house.

 

 


 

Carring in Common - Get to know other Andar fans who care about making #impact as much as you do.

 

Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Caring in Common Spotlight on John Young

This month's Caring in Common customer spotlight features John Young. John is an IT and Database Manager. During campaign season, he manages all Andar e-Pledge sites and assists with pledge processing.

Learn more about him and his responsibilities at United Way of Eastern Maine!

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on John Young

 


 

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John Young
IT and Database Manager
United Way of Eastern Maine 
Bangor, ME, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

I started part-time in August of 2017. The position went full time in the Spring of 2018.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

There is no typical day in my position. My day could consist of running DMOs in Andar/360 and updating mailing lists, to IT support for a staff of ten members. During campaign season, I manage all e-Pledge sites and assist with pledge processing.

Can you tell us about a project you’re most proud of?

When I first started at United Way, we had four e-Pledge sites. We have now grown to over ten locations that use the online pledging module. Recently, I am also proud of getting all staff set up to work remotely in a matter of a couple of days!

What motivates you to come to work every day?

I have the opportunity to work with a hard-working, dedicated staff. Plus, I get to find new ways of automating our processes with the use of technology.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

Every day is different! I enjoy learning and implementing new technologies.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

My biggest professional challenge is time. There is not enough time in the week to accomplish what you need or want to do.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

If I could choose a mentor, it would be John Glenn. He is inspiring for all he has done, and also because of how he was as a person.

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Above: John at a New England Patriots football game. They are his favourite team. He has been to a few games, but would love to see more. 

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

I enjoy watching football. I am currently learning to play golf, going to concerts, and being around friends and families.

 

 


 

Carring in Common - Get to know other Andar fans who care about making #impact as much as you do.

 

Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Meet Merline Leonce from United Way of Miami-Dade

In this month's Caring in Common spotlight, become acquainted with #BossLady Merline Leonce. Merline makes a big impact as Director of IT at United Way of Miami-Dade. Her responsibilities not only include managing multiple technology projects, and helping staff with hardware and software issues; she also runs the summer internship technology program for high school minorities at her organization. Get to know her better in the latest customer spotlight!

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Merline Leonce

 


 

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Merline Leonce
Director of IT 
United Way of Miami-Dade 
Miami, FL, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

I’ve been with United Way for 17 years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

 A typical day involves managing multiple technology projects and helping staff with hardware or software issues that are not managed by our IT service provider.

Can you tell us about a project you’re most proud of?

I am most proud of my summer internship technology program for high school minorities. For five years, I’ve worked with our local school district, CareerSource and YearUp to provide summer internships in our IT department. There was one summer I had seven students at the same time. It was crazy, but fun. I had to break down a simple project into seven parts so that I could keep them occupied. Each year I enhance the program to include more substance like proper keyboarding, resume writing, and interview skills. I’m happy to say that two interns that started with me are now employees at United Way, one in Finance, and the other in IT.

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Above: Merline leading a seminar for the 2019 YearUp students at Miami-Dade College.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

At this point in my life and career, what motivates me is leaving a strong legacy. I want to be remembered as a competent and compassionate leader. I want to help entry-level staff learn the tools and skills they need to help build their career. There will be people that remember me and say, "she taught me," "she helped me," "she opened doors for me." That's what motivates me.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

Every day is different. I enjoy learning and problem-solving. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I come up with solutions.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

I am a woman of color in a male-dominated industry. I attend local and national conferences, and there is rarely anyone else in the room that looks like me. My two main challenges are (1) seeking out sponsors who will advocate for me and allow me to shine and (2) putting myself in the forefront so other women of color can see the technology industry does have room for us.

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Above: A photo booth snapshot of Merline at the 70s-themed 19th Annual Mayor's Ball to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade. 

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

I would choose Michelle Obama. She is poised, intelligent, and a woman of integrity.

What’s your personal mantra?

“Boss Lady.” I have a plaque in my office with these words inscribed. A good friend and co-worker also gave me a “Boss Lady” mug. Those words remind me of who I am and what I have accomplished.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

I am very involved with the Foster and Adoption ministry at my church. We host monthly events for the parents and children, which include continuing education courses so the parents can maintain their license. We also have birthday parties, hayrides, holiday parties, and back to school giveaways. Our job is to make sure the children know they are loved, and the parents know they have support.

 

 


 

Carring in Common - Get to know other Andar fans who care about making #impact as much as you do.

 

Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

This Month's Spotlight is on Shasta Lockwood

Shasta works hard at building relationships with individual donors and organizations currently contributing to United Way of the Plains; while also working to develop new relationships.

Learn more about her responsibilities in this month's Caring in Common customer spotlight.

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