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Marisa Bushee is a professional interior designer, a business woman, and a member of Impact Austin who is passionate about what the organization does, and doesn’t hesitate to tell others about it.Read More
Marisa Bushee is a professional interior designer, a business woman, and a member of Impact Austin who is passionate about what the organization does, and doesn’t hesitate to tell others about it.
This is one of the characteristics that make her an outstanding Marketing Chair!
We asked how Marisa heard about Impact Austin and what inspired her to join.
“I initially heard about Impact Austin when it was first starting, back in 2005, but I moved away from Austin in 2006 so I never got involved. In 2014, I had been back in Austin a couple years and was talking with Sara Pantin, an Impact Austin board member, who reminded me about the organization and told me about all the great work it was doing. I joined that same year.”
Besides being the present Marketing Chair for Impact Austin, what else have you done with the organization?
“My first year I served on the Environment Focus Area Committee (FAC), which was a terrific experience. I met a ton of really smart, committed women and greatly enjoyed learning more about the local nonprofits that had applied for grants. I also got involved in the marketing committee and after the chair resigned, I agreed to step into that role this year. The marketing committee is a busy group and I still feel like I’m trying to get my arms around all the things they do!”
We know you are a professional interior designer, and your home is unique and fabulous! Tell us more about this part of your life.
“I specialize in residential design, particularly renovations. I’ve done a lot of kitchen and bath remodels which I love because there’s such a huge variety of tiles and fixtures, it’s exciting to help clients find just the right ones to make their rooms extraordinary.”
What other nonprofits are you affiliated with and how?
“I am a huge fan and supporter of the Austin Humane Society. I started walking dogs several years ago and love the happy endings when they place these animals with great families. I’m also a member of the Women’s Symphony League which runs a variety of programs to raise funds for the Austin Symphony.”
Tell us a little about your family.
“My immediate family consists of my husband, Jim, and our two small dogs Tucker and Cooper. I also have two sisters who live in Western Pennsylvania in the same town where my parents reside.”
What is the most important thing you have learned by being an Impact Austin member and what is your favorite thing you have done with the organization?
“Impact Austin members have a huge respect for each other and I learned so much by listening to the different views and opinions of members on my FAC. It’s also a group where everyone’s vote truly does count. While some of my favorite organizations didn’t end up getting selected for a grant, I respect the fact that it’s a very fair and equitable selection process and the majority rules.”
“I worked for a women’s health nonprofit for several years and wrote a lot of grant applications for them. I loved being on the other side of the fence working with Impact Austin, and hearing how applications are evaluated.”
What about you might surprise us?
“I ran my first marathon in nine years in 2015. I had injured my knee a few years back and hadn’t really pushed distance for a while and so I was really excited to get back into training. I’ve caught the bug again and am already signed up for another marathon in 2016!”
Impact Austin women come from all walks of life, but they all believe that they can do more together to improve their community than they can do alone…Is this your year to become an impact Austin member? Join us today!
Kimberly Theodore Sidey, Associate Director of Development of ZACH Theatre touched base with us recently, and shared some great news!Read More
Following Up with ZACH Theatre – A Study of Success!
Kimberly Theodore Sidey, Associate Director of Development of ZACH Theatre touched base with us recently, and shared some great news!
(ZACH's Arts Across the Curriculum program was an Impact Austin grant winner in 2013)
Kimberly said, “I am sending along the findings from the research study we had conducted on our Arts Across the Curriculum program. We have concluded our grant period with Impact Austin as a Community Partner, and I know we no longer need to report out on the program's progress, but this study was funded by the Impact Austin grant and we really want to share the good news.”
“It simply wouldn't have happened without the Impact Austin's support, and I think you'll be excited to read the results! Most notably we found that:
“Please feel free to share with your colleagues at Impact Austin; we would love for them to know how their support has made such a difference to our organization.”
“We can't tell you how exciting, motivating, and useful this research study will be in the program's design, implementation, growth, and funding moving forward, and we are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a Community Partner these last couple of years.”
Congratulations ZACH Theatre!