VOL. 131 | NO. 159 | Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Jordan Takes Leading Role At Child Advocacy Center
By Kate Simone
Mark Jordan has joined the Memphis Child Advocacy Center as development director, responsible for connecting people in a meaningful way to the critical services MCAC provides to vulnerable children. In his new role, Jordan will create and administer a comprehensive development plan to both enhance connections and build new relationships with volunteers and the philanthropic community to grow fundraising, donor relations and public engagement.
Hometown: Kosciusko, Miss.
Experience: I’m coming to the position from the private sector. I believe that my experience with management, sales, and marketing will serve me well in this new role. At Jim Keras Subaru, I managed internet sales and marketing. I also worked in partnership with nonprofits, managing special events and sponsorships. Prior to that, I worked for 28 years in the banking industry at M&F Bank, Trustmark Bank and others. I also have considerable experience serving on many nonprofit boards.
Making the transition from the corporate world to the nonprofit side was a bit scary, but after a few short weeks, the satisfaction I’m receiving outweighs any fear I ever had.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My children. They help me see the good and not-so-good in myself. Yes, they give me feedback. Even more, the way they live their lives embodies my challenges, my gifts and all my dreams.
What attracted you to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center? When I learned about how the Memphis Child Advocacy Center meets the needs of the most vulnerable kids in Shelby County, I wanted to be a part of it. The Memphis Child Advocacy Center is full of hope. Despite the trauma experienced by the kids we serve, the compassionate care they receive gives them a real chance at a healthy, happy future. And that is a chance every kid deserves. And beyond that, investing in the children is an investment in the future of our community. I’m thrilled to transition to this new role where I can put my skills, my commitment for children’s welfare and my passion for community to work.
What are your goals in your new position? I plan to increase both the amount of money raised and the number of people engaged with us in this work.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Finally making the transition into the career I want for the rest of my life.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I get to network with people – and network with a cause! I love the people I work with and I love meeting new people.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Take care of yourself first so that, in turn, you can take care of others. Then be yourself and love/accept others for who they are.
ProTech Systems Group Inc. has added four new employees. Kristee Dunn has joined as NOC engineer, and she also serves as field engineer for ProTech’s managed services clients; Tonya Hoyle has joined as payroll and invoicing coordinator; Chelsea Nelson has joined as marketing manager in the Managed Services Division; and Laetitia Sandler has joined as sales assistant for ProTech’s Network Technical Sales team.
Ashley Counce and Andrew Sprecher have joined DHG as associates in the Memphis office. Both will work closely with partners in DHG’s Assurance practice. Prior to joining the firm full-time, Counce and Sprecher interned in the Memphis office in the spring of 2015.
Alicia N. Danley has joined Unity Hospice Care’s Olive Branch office as a social worker, and Wendi Hacker has joined the corporate office in Germantown, focusing on quality assurance and staff education.
Susan Mealer, owner of Answering Advantage, has been named to the National Federation of Independent Business state Leadership Council, an advisory board that assists Tennessee’s leading small-business association in developing strategies to support its members.
Three SRVS staff members were honored at the Tennessee Community Organizations’ annual Awards of Excellence. SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton received the Executive Director of the Year award and was honored as TNCO’s outgoing president with a gavel presentation. SRVS direct support professional LaTonya Baldwin received Outstanding DSP for her work as a Montessori aide at SRVS Learning Center in Memphis. And Sherry Hopkins, a house manager with SRVS Community Living Services, received Outstanding Manager for her role as a mentor, coach and trainer for support staff at SRVS.