From Galas to Ghostbusters

September 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

While the Museum has undergone a number of significant changes over the past few years, one of the most consistent elements is staffing. There are number of employees that have 5, 10, 15, even 20+ years under their belt. Catherine Stolarski is no exception. She’s been at the Museum as a paid staff member since March 2006.

Catherine’s tenure at Fernbank started in summer 2004 when she worked as a Marketing Intern. Her bosses (myself being one of them) were so impressed with her hard work and positive attitude, when a full-time, paid position opened up, Catherine was an immediate choice for the job.

She worked for 2 years as the Group Sales and Marketing Coordinator. As the Museum’s staffing needs changed, Catherine was able (and willing) to take on a new role–her current position as Development Manager.

Catherine's dog "Rosie," a Chihuahua/Pekingese mix

Catherine is responsible for drafting proposals for funding of educational programs, exhibitions and films. She also spearheads planning of the Museum’s annual gala fundraising event, A Timeless Affair; as well as other cultivation events.

Every day is different for Catherine. “I’m constantly changing gears and using different skills, it keeps things interesting,” she said.

Of her many responsibilities, something she enjoys most is showing funders and/or donors our programs in action. “No matter how great a proposal is, nothing compares to showing them programs in action—actually showing them what their support can do for the Museum and the community,” she remarked.

While her job might sound very formal—writing proposals, pulling reports, coordinating and working upscale events—Catherine is decidedly very down-to-Earth. She handles the pressure very well and it’s a rare occasion to not see her smiling.

When she’s not hobnobbing on Fernbank’s behalf, she can usually be found with her nephew Jack (6), her niece Addy (3) and her sister and brother-in-law. Her near-constant sidekick is her dog Rosie.

Her co-workers know she loves to take dance classes, practice yoga and travel. What most do not know is her love for scary movies, especially those about haunted houses. “If I were offered a guest spot on ‘Ghost Adventurers,’ I’d take it,” she said. (And I believe her!)

From starting as an intern to tackling a million dollar fundraising goal, its clear Catherine is dedicated to the Museum. My guess is if we ever need our own ghostbuster, Catherine will be on the job!

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing


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