Meet SheJumps Board Members: Q&A with Stephanie Selin
Welcome to the Board of Directors: Stephanie Selin. We’re excited to have you and learn more about you.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
With a combination of corporate experience at companies like Microsoft, and nonprofit experience with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, I have a unique set of skills ranging from sales and program development to fundraising and community engagement. As a consultant and project manager, I work both independently as Tencap Consulting, and through other firms on contract with large organizations. My favorite project to date was managing a successful political campaign to elect a local judicial candidate.
In my personal life I enjoy time in the mountains with my family–particularly at their 600 sq ft cabin (with no internet) in the North Cascades of Washington state. I've been married 22 years to my husband Mark and have two stepdaughters in their late 20’s and twin teenage daughters, plus two dogs and rabbit at home. I grew up hiking and skiing in northern California, but living in Colorado and Washington deepened my love of snow and all things outdoors. I've taught skiing to young kids, snowshoes any chance I can get, and tries to tackle a new ski mountain each winter. I'm looking forward to helping SheJumps grow revenue through new fundraising channels while having the opportunity to personally experience new adventures.
Q: Place of work, title, location.
A: Derflan, Inc. (Bellevue, WA), & Tencap Consulting (Brier, WA); Consultant and Project Manager.
Q: Why did you join SheJumps as a board member?
A: I joined the SheJumps board for the opportunity to both lead and support an organization whose mission I find compelling, and where I can have an impact while having fun at the same time.
Q: What goal of the SheJumps 5 year Strategic Plan is the most important to you?
A: I’m most passionate about providing free and low-cost access to outdoor education, and in particular to providing opportunities for underserved communities. I’d like to look for sustainable ways to encourage girls and women to continue their outdoor adventures beyond SheJumps, and with little/no cost.
Q: What do you hope to contribute to the SheJumps Board of Directors?
A: My intent is to contribute and encourage thoughtful questions, dialogue, analysis, recommendations and planning that helps the organization achieve its mission while also increasing its revenue. By the end of my term, I’d like to know I’ve contributed to a model of sustainable revenue growth.
Q: What is your vision for SheJumps?
A: I’d like to see sustainable revenue resulting not only in meaningful program offerings with consistent implementation, but in higher compensation for staff, and for the staffing model to be sufficient to avoid typical nonprofit burnout.
Now, it’s time for the lightning round:
Q: Outdoor activity of choice (pick one, two if you must)?
A: Skiing. Snowshoeing is a close second.
Q: Who inspires you to go outside and why?
A: My mom taught me to appreciate nature and the joy of physical exercise and activity, and she still inspires me into her 80’s.
Q: Where is your favorite place to go outside or on an adventure?
A: The trails and mountains around our cabin near Lake Cle Elum in Washington state. I also love Whistler.
Q: How has the outdoors benefited your health and overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing?
A: Being outdoors and being physical feed me. Together they help me feel centered, strong, capable, and more at peace than I do just about anywhere. I can breathe when I’m outside in a way I just can’t when indoors, and being active is my saving grace for the level of intensity and energy that are part of who I am.
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