Thursday, April 7, 2011

Board Member of the Month: Gayle Roberts

“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.

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