Nicole started her journey at Rock House Kids in July of 2019. She was ready for a change and a challenge but patiently waiting for the right fit. She knew the minute she walked through the doors of Rock House Kids, this is where she wanted to be! As Development Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing all of Development from developing partnerships, organizing fundraising events, writing grants, overseeing marketing and getting the word out about RHK!
Nicole has a passion for education and also bringing people together to join a common cause or project. One of her favorite quotes from Max Lucado is “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”…and together we can change the world! She believes “everyone has their own individual attributes, it’s just a matter of matching them up with their own passions.” One of Nicole’s favorite Bible verses is Galatians 5:13, ESV: "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
Nicole has a diversified background as an entrepreneur owning two businesses, a district retail manager, a consumer mortgage lending manager, and working in education both in the classroom and as a Family and Community Engagement Liaison, where she has spent most of her career. It was a natural transition into Development for Nicole and she has found her calling.
“After working in education in different roles and schools, I really do have a heart for the most vulnerable students. I want the opportunity gaps to lessen in order for the achievement gaps to widen. That’s why I’m here at RHK, to help find the community support who are willing to help make that happen.”
Nicole is the proud mother of two sons and a daughter. Salvador (21) is a junior at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Eli (19) is a freshman at Northern Illinois University, and Reagan (4) will be starting public Montessori full-time in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys the arts, festivals, live music, trying new foods, DIY home projects, community activism, and of course, spending time with her family and loved ones.