In the Staff Spotlight blog series, meet the dedicated people from across the country who bring their unique experiences, skills, and passions to work every day. Together, we're fighting to ensure every child, regardless of their background, has access to a quality public education.
Name: Shaunette Wilson
Job Title: General Ledger Accountant
Time at Stand: 3.5 months
Stand Home Office: Portland, OR
Where are you from?
I am originally from Seattle, WA. I lived in Seattle and Portland during my early school years and eventually graduated from Grant High School in Portland.
How did you end up at Stand?
I have been working in the accounting field for over 25 years, mostly in the banking, mortgage, and beverage industries. I love accounting, but in recent years, I have also wanted to be in a position that makes an impact and difference in the community and that has a positive impact on helping others succeed. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do this or when I was going to this, but I knew this was very important to me. I prayed about it for about 2 years. This past fall, the opportunity was opened up for me to join this awesome organization and I couldn’t be more excited.
What is one of your favorite projects you've worked on at Stand?
So far, it has been the excitement of rallying to get Measure 98 passed in Oregon. I made a commitment to spread the word to anyone I came in contact with about how important this was and that every vote was needed. Now that Measure 98 has passed, I look forward to the continued fight to make sure it is implemented. Our young people deserve this!
Another project I would like to be involved in is an anti-bullying in schools campaign. Students must have the opportunity to enjoy getting an education, free of harassment and bullying. School should be the place that they not only learn, but also make friends and flourish. This was personal for me because my youngest daughter was bullied in school. As her parent and advocate, I fought on her behalf from the school level all the way to the top of the district and eventually got results. I was not intimidated when it came to my daughter's education and well-being. But, not all parents are educated in this area or have the support and assistance they need. I would love to be a part of making a difference in this way. Stand for Children is not only passionate about children, but also educating parents!!
What motivates and inspires you?
I am motivated by my own children that I raised and who were educated in the public school system. Now, both are going to college. But, I am more inspired by my nieces, nephew, young cousins, and all the youth that are excited about school. I want them to thrive, to be successful, and to have access to a great education. I also want them to enjoy learning and going to school. When you love learning and love school, you succeed! This should be a positive experience for every student.
Why do you like working at Stand?
I like working here because they "stand up" for all students, no matter what! I attended my first Beat the Odds Luncheon a couple of moths ago, and the event was awesome! The staff all worked together to put on this amazing event that was so successful. In addition to this, Stand is so passionate about equal educational opportunities for all children. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Everyone is excited, professional, supportive, and always working to make sure their new teammates (like me!) are welcome and have the tools they need to be successful.
What are your hobbies/passions outside of work?
I like to read. I have a large book collection (and continue to buy more). I promised myself that I will not buy another bookshelf. I read all kinds of books from different genres: novels, religious, mysteries, autobiographies, etc. My favorite place to be is at the library, Barnes & Noble, or Powell's Books. I am an official book nerd and am happy about it!
Any fun or interesting facts about yourself?
I am a "preacher's daughter". My father was a pastor in Seattle. Also, my ultimate dream is to be an author! I started writing a book about three years ago. I have been so busy with work, school, and life that I haven't had time to get it finished. My goal is to finish this book by my 50th birthday. This means I need to get busy!