Thursday, August 05, 2004

Wingspan Gets New Volunteer Coordinator

I've put in 9 years so far with the center (it's TooStoned's GLBT community center) Mark's (who will be sorely missed) last day is tomorrow.

Wingspan Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator

Wingspan is pleased to announce that Quintan Wikswo has accepted the position of Volunteer Coordinator and begins Monday, August 9. Quintan will be responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining all of Wingspan's wonderful volunteers.

Quintan has worked in nonprofit administration and marketing for eleven years. Before moving to Tucson last week, Quintan worked as Marketing Director at the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. Previously, Quintan also served as the Southern Regional Coordinator for Amnesty International.
Quintan has extensive experience in volunteer management, as well as marketing, administration, publicity, outreach, and promotions.

Quintan is a past board member of the San Francisco Chapter of Women in Communications, and has volunteered with Shanti (San Francisco HIV and AIDS Organization), Refugee Resettlement Project (San Francisco), and was a founding member of the LGBT Association at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

In addition to her extensive non-profit work, Quintan has been an editor of Fourteen Hills, The Mississippi Review, and Amnesty International Magazine.

Her writing--which regularly appears in national magazines--has been honored by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a fellowship to the University of Sydney, and annual Artist-in-Residencies at Dorland Center for the Arts. She taught graduate and undergraduate creative writing classes in San Francisco. Quintan earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with Presidential Honors from San Francisco State University.

While welcoming Quintan, Wingspan also bids farewell to Mark English, outgoing Volunteer Coordinator. We are deeply appreciative of all of Mark's hard work and his three years of dedication to Wingspan.

As the first paid professional volunteer manager at Wingspan, Mark built and developed Wingspan's volunteer program from the ground up. When Mark began, the volunteer program had virtually no infrastructure. Mark worked hard to implement a formal application process, improved policies and procedures to guide the work of volunteers, and established a clear volunteer orientation process. During his tenure, Mark more than tripled the number of Wingspan volunteers. In addition, Mark was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the Wingspan Weekly E-News.

We will all miss Mark's dynamic personality and charisma, his ability to share his passion for the cause, and the loyalty and commitment he fosters in others.

Please join us Friday August 6th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Wingspan for an Open House as we say good-bye to Mark, welcome new staff members Cathy Hammer and Miriam Barnard, and celebrate Wingspan's new interior paint job.

No RSVP is necessary. Light refreshments will be served.