Hello, my name is Elise and I am honored to be a part of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center team! On my first day I was like a school kid starting their first day at school. My excitement was matched when I meet Marilynn and intern, Katherine. It was a fantastic warm welcome and right away we jumped into The Center’s activities.
A bit about my professional background – I come to the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with nine years of nonprofit experience. In previous positions, I have worked as the Executive Director of a county history museum, other roles in museums across the nation, and volunteered at various nonprofits. On some occasions, I have had the pleasure of giving presentations to community members and other professionals on topics that range from fundraising to being an anthropologist.
My career in the nonprofit world developed at George Mason University as an anthropology major with a focus in archaeology. I began my first internship at a historic home in northern Virginia excavating in the kitchen yard and washing artifacts in the lab. I continued to pursue anthropology and especially in the museum world. After a year working as an archaeologist, I went to an anthropology museum graduate studies program at the University of Denver. At that point, my career and passion took off and I have been a very happy clam ever since!
I have immensely enjoyed nonprofit work and look forward to working with the local nonprofit community. I hope to share my experiences and learn from your experiences. Our experiences in the nonprofit world turn into humorous stories or lifelong lessons. Similar to Marilynn, I too like telling stories. I am not sure when it started, but it could have started in Girl Scouts and telling campfire stories while eating s’mores. I strongly believe in storytelling as a way to share knowledge, learn from others, and as a bonding experience.
Nonprofit professionals are all unique and I look forward to getting to know you! I would like to take this opportunity to share a little about my uniqueness. One of my nicknames is “Sparky.” I was born on the 4th of July and have a sparky and spunky personality. I come from a long line of creative, inventive, and patriotic family. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, crafting, reading, and most recently puppy training.