“Gayle has been an instrumental Board member for RTS since the first day she joined (November 2008)," said Executive Director, Margie Thirlby. "On Spring Rebuilding Day 2009, Gayle managed a major project with Panattoni Construction, and was able to acquire over $10,000 worth of material donations for the project with the support of over 50 volunteers. Gayle has created fantastic connections for RTS through her professional networks, including in-kind donors, skilled volunteers, and more. Gayle is currently assisting RTS with our lead inspection policies and procedures, and has provided a wealth of knowledge [on this topic] to our Staff. Most importantly, Gayle has one of the most genuine passions for volunteering and supporting the RTS mission. Her positive energy, can-do attitude, and contagious laugh has taken RTS to new levels in the past three years.”
1. How did you first get involved with RTS?
I started attending the UW in October 2003 in the Construction Management program. That first month I was invited by a group of students to participate in Fall Rebuilding Day. I loved seeing the results from a group of people working hard for a homeowner that couldn't get around very well. I was also very eager to get some hands-on experience. The next spring I managed my first project and I was hooked. I have now managed six projects.
2. What do you enjoy most about being a board member for RTS?
It is very rewarding to be able to envision a future for this great organization and then work to make it happen. I have seen this organization grow tremendously in the past few years. There is a such a need in the community and it is so gratifying to be able to make a real difference every month of the year and not just on rebuilding day.
3. What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?
I would like to explore other ways to help low income homeowners maximize their benefit of home ownership, perhaps through education programs on energy efficiency and home maintenance. And of course, I want to see us continue to help as many homeowners and non-profit organizations as possible through rebuilding days and the year round program.