Kinship House is pleased to welcome Emily Wintringham as a new intern in our fund development department. She will be helping with social media, crafting blog posts, and managing our e-communications. — Dennise Kowalczyk, Development & Communications Director
Meet Emily Wintringham!
This fall, I am interning as a social media and marketing assistant working with Dennise Kowalczyk, development and communications director for Kinship House. Currently, I am a senior at Warner Pacific College, studying communications and human development. I discovered Kinship House by getting in touch with the Oregon Foster Youth Connection. I went with my district super attendant, Alissa Keny-Guyer, down to Salem and observed how issues in the foster care system were being addressed through policy. Through a series of networking, I found my niche at Kinship House. (A big thanks to Lisa McMahon for introducing me to Heather Jefferis, executive director).
I have decided that my vocation centers on my own life experience and my interpersonal skills in communication. I have been in both long term foster care and adoption situations. I have grown to understand the need to adapt and to form healthy bonds with my family. It’s definitely something I am in support of. In addition to my internship, I will serve as a Youth Advisor on the board of directors for Kinship House. I hope to advocate for positive changes that will enhance the experience for families through this life-changing program.
My goals as an intern are to develop professional skills such as marketing through social media, time management, and blogging. I cannot wait to get started!
When I’m not at Kinship House, I love listening to music, eating tacos, writing, and brainstorming.
A big thank you to everyone who has welcomed me on board. I am super excited to be in this process of learning and growing in the non-profit environment.