Multi-talented and super committed! Those are just two of the ways to describe our 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Mary Ann Redeker. Seven years of service and more than 620 hours in 2013 alone, demonstrate Mary Ann’s deep devotion. Her leadership and willingness to take on challenging projects show her ability and talent.
Mary Ann’s biggest task in 2013 was supporting the legal department for the Washington Field office. Organizing files, document retention planning and regulatory filings are all part of Mary Ann’s duties. She even flew to California to assist the team there organizing their own filing systems, and continues to assist them remotely. Attention to detail is a crucial part of this work and Mary Ann’s focus and drive have made her a huge asset. Her work enabled the Conservancy to save the cost of a part-time legal administrator, allowing your gifts to The Nature Conservancy to stretch further in carrying out our work.
When she came to the conservancy, Mary Ann says she was looking for a project she could immerse herself in over three to five years, and one that allowed her to use her brain. She definitely found that in her legal work! Mary Ann also contributes to the community spirit in the Seattle office by leading a staff knitting club which knits blankets that are donated to local charities and to homeless children and shelter animals.
Congratulations to Mary Ann on being named our volunteer of the year, and huge thanks for all the hard work, leadership and commitment. Mary Ann is just one of 239 people who volunteered with The Nature Conservancy in Washington in 2013. They contributed a total of 7,335 hours with a value of $166,431. Thank you to all of the Conservancy’s volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you, and we look forward to working with all of you in 2014!