My “Why JMF?”

A Motivation for Change: Mark Dresen on disABILITY Awareness

 

Our disABILITY Awareness Program utilizes the talents and voices of multiple speakers to spread awareness and acceptance of all to our local community. To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, we’ve interviewed another one of our speakers, Mark Dresen. Mark works for Eli Lilly, and speaks for the Joseph Maley Foundation about his visual impairment. Keep reading to learn more about why Mark thinks disability awareness education is so important, and why he supports JMF.

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A Prevalent Need for Inclusivity: Eric Schommer on disABILITY Awareness

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to highlight just a portion of the impact that our disABILITY Awareness Program is making on the youth of central Indiana. For this first blog of the month, we interviewed Eric Schommer, principal at St. Monica Catholic School. Since its inception the disABILITY Awareness Program has been a yearly staple at St. Monica. Keep reading to learn more about this decades long impact.

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The Ripple Effect: Board Member Ivette Bruns

For the third installment in our series of board member blog posts, we’d like to introduce a woman who has been with the Joseph Maley Foundation from some of its earliest beginnings. Ivette Bruns shares her stories about why she loves JMF, and some of the ripple effects that she sees our programs making in the lives of children.

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New Staff Member: Haley Pace

Here at the Joseph Maley Foundation we are always excited about growth. As we continue to grow, as our programs continue to widen their reach, and as our program partners and schools continue to reach higher numbers, we are acutely aware of the impact that our staff is making through their work. Our growth as a foundation can always be traced back to one of our now fourteen staff members, and whenever that staff grows larger, we want to share our excitement with all of you. In 2019 we have gained a new staff member: Haley Pace. Haley started as an intern for JMF in the fall of 2018, and is now a Program Associate working under our disABILITY Awareness and HOPE programs. Read more to learn about her experience with JMF and why she is excited to be a staff member!

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A Global Impact: Board Member Carole McAteer

For our second Board of Director’s blog post of the year, we’re introducing Carole McAteer. An early member of the Joseph Maley Foundation’s board, Carole has come back to help us serve children of all abilities once more, and we couldn’t be happier to have her. Keep reading to learn more about what brought Carole to JMF in the beginning, and what’s bringing her back now.

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Board Member: Mike Fox

As we continue JMF’s year of stories, we want to share with you all the unique stories of our board members. Why they came to support JMF, why they stay, and why they dedicate their time to serving children of all abilities. For our first board member blog post we asked Mike Fox, one of our newest members, to share his journey to JMF.

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Saturday Stories

I’ve always been a sucker for a good story. I think maybe it was because my dad had so many – the kind of stories that make you belly-laugh and spend the after-dinner portion of a holiday begging for a re-telling, if only to stave off that sink full of dishes for a half hour longer.

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Continuing The Journey

Cardinal Ritter senior Grant Eifert continues his Joseph Maley Foundation journey as he joins the staff as our newest intern this fall. Grant will focus his duties on preparations for the 2019 Run, Walk, Roll, and will assist JMF programs as those needs arise. We are excited to welcome Grant to the Center in his new role!

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“Exactly Where I Need to Be”

Anna Fon joins the Joseph Maley Foundation as a Program Associate. In her first weeks working with new colleagues and puppeteers, she says she is, “exactly where I need to be.”

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Staff Profile: Chelsea McCloskey

Chelsea McCloskey joined the Joseph Maley Foundation this summer as disABILITY Awareness Manager. She experienced her first Run, Walk, Roll while balancing the needs (and challenges) of her new role.

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