In case you're wondering who this Sue Wasserman is whose name has begun appearing on Facebook and in the blog, I'm Camp Spring Creek's new Communications/Public Relations Director. While we're sad to see Katey leave, we're excited that her writing career has reached new heights and is demanding more and more of her time. We're grateful, too, that she's helped Camp Spring Creek reach new heights. I've actually known Susie and Steve since being a volunteer for their first camp painting party some 13 years ago, and have been in love with Camp Spring Creek's mission since before they opened the doors. I have a diverse background in advertising, public relations, corporation communications and freelance writing. I've written for publications such as The New York Times, Southern Living, Atlanta Journal Constitution, American Style, etc. Most recently, I self-published my first book, which combines my photography with a little inspiration courtesy of Mother Nature.
Community service is important to me - I took it upon myself in my latest corporate position to create an outreach program that involved 26 offices and more than 700 volunteers around the country.
Susie and Steve and I reconnected this past summer when they asked if I'd be interested in teaching writing for two weeks at camp. Having spent my high school and college summers as a camp counselor, I thought it would be right up my alley. I combined writing with photography, something I'm passionate about, thinking the images might help inspire the children.
Let's just say I was hooked that first morning after breakfast as I watched the counselors, tutors and campers reading together. It didn't take long for Susie to ask me to lend a hand. I knew I was where I was meant to be.
In addition to writing and editing all that needs to be written and edited, I'll be promoting our work to the community, doing research to find new grants and working to build new relationships locally and regionally to generate new funds for camper scholarships, teacher training programs, and one-on-one training with children. I'm grateful for any ideas or suggestions you may have that can help me do my part in enabling children with dyslexia to become confident adults. Simply forward your thoughts my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's to the possibilities.