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Getting to Know: Amber Oosterwaal

Over the last several months, we've been doing a bit of reshuffling within some of our administrative staff positions. As is so often the case, it all starts with money. Last summer, when we started thinking about the budget, we started to ask some different questions. Like most organizations, personnel is the largest chunk to consider. Were we spending that money in the best, most efficient way? Were we getting the job done with the positions we had? We know we need to grow our staff (and suspect that growth is coming with our changing neighborhood), but we also know that wouldn't happen right away. But was there a way to position ourselves in such a way to make that growth smoother? We started making some decisions and plans and began to roll out the changes last fall.

Over the last few months, you may have noticed some staff departures. Some of these departures are a result of the conversation we began months ago, and some are due to life changes. Slowly, but surely, we're filling those spots, and we are so excited to welcome some new faces and new ideas to our team. 

Our newest staff member is Amber Oosterwaal, filling a brand new position for us--Membership and Marketing Manager. In addition to helping some of our favorite people, our members, she'll also be handling social media and other internal marketing tasks. She comes to us from the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, where she was the Director of Development and Marketing for 6 years. We're thrilled to have her join our team!  Here are a few questions to help you get to know her.

What first got you interested in working in nonprofits?

This is a bit of a meandering story, but aren't they the best ones?! I majored in bassoon performance in undergrad and grad school. In grad school, I had an assistantship through the university’s band department, which had a youth wind ensemble program for high school students.  My assistantship included administration of that program and their summer programs. I found that I really enjoyed the work. When I graduated, I was lucky enough to get a job with a nonprofit youth orchestra doing similar work. And it grew from there—both my love of the work and my responsibilities within the organization. I’ve been working with nonprofits for 15+ years.

How did you first learn about DHV? Why did you want to join our team?

I grew up in Richardson, and I remember, as many people do, coming here on a school trip. And when I came back after many years, I was so impressed by how things had and had not changed (in good ways). It's important that we take care of our history because of how it can inform the present and the future.  I also think the people who work here are amazing, and I am happy to be a part of such a great team.

Are there any special projects/programs that you’re especially excited about?

What I am most excited about is introducing (and re-introducing) people to Dallas Heritage Village. We have a beautiful hidden treasure here. I am so proud of the careful preservation that has been done here and of the lovely grounds.

When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies and interests? Anything else we should know about you?

I play bassoon, and I have a Masters degree in bassoon performance. Although I did not chose to pursue that as my career, I love music. I also love to travel and to be outside with my husband and two daughters.

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