Introducing our new Staff

In the latest issue of Burn Support Magazinewe introduced three of the newest members of the Phoenix Society team:

Learn about their backgrounds, talents, and passion for supporting the burn community below.


Debbie Stegmier

Information Systems Project Manager
At Phoenix Society since: April 2017

 

How did you end up at the Phoenix Society?

I’m fortunate to have lived in Grand Rapids all my life—what a great city! My entire career has been in IT with extensive experience in project management, portfolio management, process improvement, coaching and mentoring project managers, and strategy. There came a point in my life when the timing and opportunity fit, allowing me to be part of an organization making a difference in people’s lives.

What’s the best part about your new position?

Collaborating with an incredibly talented and caring team! It has always been important to me to support and contribute in a meaningful way. I’m also looking forward to this personal growth opportunity to work with such an inspiring team and the inspirational community the organization serves.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I love spending time with my husband, children, family, and friends. I also enjoy time at our lake cottage, kayaking, bicycling, photography, travel, and music.


Rachel Webster

Annual Development Manager
At Phoenix Society Since: April 2017

 

What drew you to the Phoenix Society?

I completed my MPA in nonprofit management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, but I’ve wanted to work as a professional in the nonprofit world since college. I was drawn to Phoenix’s peer support model. I know that nothing is more healing than having a relationship with someone with similar experiences. It was also obvious that everyone at Phoenix is focused on finding innovative ways to reach more survivors.

What are you most excited about in your new position?

I’m most excited to get to know survivors and our donors and tell their stories.  I’m proud of Phoenix’s history and I’m excited to be part of its future.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?

I enjoy cooking for friends, playing board games and video games with my husband, and being outside.


Natasha Weesies

Administrative Assistant
At Phoenix Society Since: February 2017

 

What drew you to the Phoenix Society?

My passion for serving and helping others. I knew what I wanted to do, but was scared to take such a leap. Then my grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer. She was 90 years old and lived in the same place since the 80’s, so there was no taking her out of her home. At the time, my job allowed me to work from her apartment and care for her 24/7. But what was to be six months ended in just five weeks. This was such a humbling experience and life-changing event. I knew that, in order to be happy, I needed to make a career change.

What’s the best part about your new position?

The best part is going to work and not having it feel like a job. It’s a totally different experience when you’re doing something you love. It will be exciting to see what we do and the passion we all share to touch so many lives.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I love Fit Body Boot Camp. The energy and charisma makes being fit and healthy enjoyable. I also like to play football, lacrosse or tennis with my son and family. I do a lot of hiking, relaxing on the beach, camping, beach volleyball, running and pretty much anything that involves the outdoors. I am not much of a winter person, but I enjoy the symphony, visiting museums, etc.

 

This story is an excerpt from The Phoenix Society’s® Burn Support Magazine, Issue 2, 2017.  Burn Support Magazine is a tri-annual publication that contains articles on the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of burn recovery.  All Rights Reserved.
The Phoenix Society, Inc.® • 1835 R W Berends Dr. SW • Grand Rapids, MI 49519-4955 • 800.888.2876 • http://www.phoenix-society.org

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