Monday, June 26, 2017

UPDATE - Week of June 19

Post Baptism Hugs in the Jordan River
It has been a relatively quiet week here at the Winston-Salem Fellows. Part of that is due to it being summer, part being that my very talkative daughter was at camp, and part being that the Fellows are moving on to bigger and brighter things. 

Here is an Update on the Inaugural Class

Alex Loy

Alex has taken a job in Nashville with a company called Houzz Interior Design Ideas. It is an app that helps you design your home with furnishings, accessories, lighting and remodels created by local contractors and designers. It is a fast growing company that started in San Francisco. Nashville is their newly created eastern headquarters, so there is lots of growth potential as they move into a new market.

Camille Stogner
Camille continues to love her work at Salemtowne. This summer she will apply to the nursing program at WSSU with the hope to earn her degree and work in geriatrics.

Campbell Anderson

Campbell is returning from vacation with his family as he awaits to hear back from a few job opportunities. He is eager to put his energy and commitment to work. His desire is to stay in Winston-Salem long term, which thrills his Fellows Director. 

Christina Sandstedt
Christina is currently doing environmental research in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a team from Wheaton College. In the fall, she will be returning to Winston-Salem to work as a consultant with Pilot Environmental, Inc. as she awaits to hear from the Coast Guard' s Officer Candidate School. 

Dakota Lee
Dakota has received an offer to work at PENTA Facial Plastic Surgery. However, it will not begin until August, so he is currently free agenting while he lives with his host family who is refusing to let him move out. 

Jessica Kok
Jessica is currently on holiday in England as she prepares to return to work at Senior Services. Before leaving town, Jessica and Julia Lovett moved in with a third roommate into a house in West Salem. 

Julia Lovett
Julia is looking forward to having her new roommate return from England. She continues to work at Crosby Scholars and is excited about growing community across race and culture and investing more in the city of Winston-Salem.  

Rahel Tafese

Rahel is moving east to Durham to enter a Masters in Hospital Administration program at Duke University before she enters medical school the following year. 

Reese Schaffner
 Reese is in job hunting mode. Last week, he received an offer, but he is also in the running for a few other opportunities. In the meantime, he is painting interiors and exteriors of houses, and has suddenly discovered that his skills are high in demand.

Sean Henderson
Sean has stayed on with Fleet Feet Sports. He had a phone interview with a potential employer last week that went FANTASTIC in the words of that potential employer. So we shall see. Sean has a passion for coaching and education, so if things do not work out, this year he will likely get his teaching certification. His long term goal is to take my job, which I'm fine with.

Will Troxler
 Will will be entering Wake Forest Masters Program in Management in a few weeks. Currently, he is working in Black Mountain at Camp Timberlake. We are excited to have both Will and his girlfriend Mary Page here next year.


Things are coming together as well for our incoming class. One story. Our Fellow, Grace Mezzy, seen here:

I cannot wait for her to get here! Seriously. She rivals me in her positivity, and if there was a way I could hire her to work for the Fellows, I would. Unfortunately, for me, Grace is gifted in a myriad of ways, particularly in the world of design.

I contacted my friends at Salem Sports about her. They were intrigued, and as it turned out, they were in need of a designer. After a phone conversation, I sent Kim Ickes Grace's resume as well as some other pertinent information. Grace interviewed the next day, and now my wait is over. Salem Sports wants her to come in early!

As of this morning, about half of our Fellows are spoken for employment-wise. we are following some promising leads on the rest. But if you or your company are interested in a talented, hungry, male or female of outstanding character, contact me TODAY!

Eli loves being a Host Family kid

I had a great exit interview with Lucho and Liz Soto this week. They were one of our host families last year. A young couple with no children, they were not the people I imagined when I first thought about host families, but they were open to it and we didn't have a ton of options!

As it turned out, the experience went beyond their best hopes. "We lucked out on Alex." They told me. Lucho really appreciated our pre-training and they both felt well-prepared as they headed into the year. Woo-Hoo!

Being a Host Family is another way to support the Fellows. If you are interested, whether you are a couple with young children, old children, no children, or maybe you are single - we would love to talk to you about being a Host Family. Contact me TODAY!


Thank you Fellows community for all your support. I had a couple take Lia and I out to lunch last week because they wanted to tell us that they would like to increase their financial support of the Fellows! WOW!

We need it!

We need lots of help. If you know me, that comes as no surprise! Ha!

Shout outs to Fil Anderson, Stephen Edwards, Caroline Bell, Julia Lovett, Fred and Belinda Jorgenson, Mike Campbell and the team at Habitat for Humanity, Dan Powell and Theo, Chuck Spong, Paul and Jennifer Briggs, Shannon Rainey, Petey Crowder, Liz and Lucho Soto, Garrick Throckmorton, Rich Garrison, Gardner Barrier, Crick and Kim Watkins, Tripp Sanders, Joe Peele, Brett and Emily Anderson, Blair and Katie Whitworth, Barnes and Elizabeth Harris, Steve and Sarah Kearns, Dave and Christina Anderson, and others. A great week.

- Pray for the Fellows
- Ask the Lord how He might want you to play a part this year.
- Let me know what He tell you!

Thanks all. Keep spreading the love.

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