Feeding South Florida’s Vice President of Community Relations Voted “People’s Choice” in Palm Beach County
Feeding South Florida is proud to share that Vice President of Community Relations, Sari Vatske, was voted the Palm Beach Happening People’s Choice Mover & Shaker of the Year for the second year in a row! We’re thrilled to have the community’s favorite Mover & Shaker on our team! Thank you, Sari, for your dedication and hard work towards ending hunger in Palm Beach County, and throughout South Florida. Together, we’re truly changing lives one meal at a time.
Let’s learn a bit more about Sari Vatske, this year’s people’s choice award winner for Palm Beach Happening Movers and Shakers 2015.
- What town do you live in? Boca Raton
- Where did you attend school? Bachelor of Arts, Florida State University; Masters of Science, Florida Atlantic University; Certificate in Change Management, Cornell University
- What motivates you every morning? Putting food on the table for those who don’t know where they will get their next meal.
- What would you say is your idea of a perfect day? Going to the dog park, watching the NY Giants win, spending time with my family, and helping those who need assistance.
- Who inspires you? The clients of Feeding South Florida – 63% of the families we serve are working families so it’s inspiring to know I’m working to improve their lives and provide one less obstacle about which they have to worry.
- How did you decide to go into your business/profession? It chose me. I was working on politics and through community outreach, I began to feel as though the best way to have an impact was through direct service programs.
- Which achievement are you most proud of? I’m humbled every day that I get to do what I love and impact others. It’s a great feeling to know you’re part of the solution for so many individuals and families.
- What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? There was a lot of work that needed to be done when I arrived at Feeding South Florida. When a new CEO came to the organization, there were a lot of changes that needed to be made and a lot of misconceptions about why they needed to be made. Getting through that, and helping bring the organization from 7 figures in the red to 6 figures in the black; and increasing pounds of food from 29.6 million to 40 million was challenging. But, we made it through and are the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in all four counties we serve, so it’s was worth it.
- What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years? Ending hunger in South Florida. And yes, it’s possible.
- How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you? Dedicated, Stubborn, Silly
- Where’s your favorite place to go in Palm Beach County? In Palm Beach County, my favorite place to go is Lake Ida Dog Park.
- If you could go back in time and talk to yourself ten years ago, what advice would you give? There are a lot of things I’d tell myself but the one that stands out the most is that everything happens for a reason and it all works out the way it’s supposed to, so stop stressing so much along the way and just enjoy the ride.
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