Sunday Spotlight: Advancement & Communications

This year, our Advancement & Communications Department hired a new Advancement Manager and created two new positions, a Content Manager under Marketing and an Advancement & Communication Coordinator under Advancement.

In January of this year, Melissa Kunz was hired as the new Content Manager at Lakeside Chautauqua.

We also hired Jessica Kidd as the new Advancement Manager and Sarah Milheim as the new Advancement & Communications Coordinator in late May.

Meet our Advancement & Communications Department:

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Melissa Kunz
Title:
Content Manager
Hometown:
Canfield, Ohio
Years at Lakeside:
2 – I first came to Lakeside as an intern in 2012 and now I’m excited to be back as a full-time employee.

What do you love most about Lakeside, so far?

What I love most about Lakeside is the welcoming environment. Everyone I work with and everyone in the community is so happy and willing to lend a hand when help is needed. I love walking down the street and smiling at everyone. Lakeside is just an overall happy place to be.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?

This summer, I’m looking forward to sharing Lakeside, and all the great programming, with my family and friends. My family fell in love with Lakeside, just like me, so I’m happy to bring them back multiple times this summer. We were all so excited to see the 10,000 Maniacs concert. I’m also looking forward to introducing my boyfriend’s family to Lakeside and all it has to offer.

How do you live the mission of Lakeside every day?

Preserving Lakeside’s history is a very important part of what we do here in the offices and community. I try to preserve the things in my life, just like I do at work. I make it a priority to talk to my family and friends, attend church on Sundays, enhance my personal skills and keep growing as an individual every day. Keeping traditions, and making new ones, are an important part of enriching my life, so the fact that I get to work at a place with so many of my same values is really amazing.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was also a French major in college, so I spent a summer studying abroad in France.

 

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Jessica Kidd
Title:
Advancement Manager
Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio
Years at Lakeside:
This is my second, non-consecutive year. I was an intern in 2012 and now I am back full-time.

What do you love most about Lakeside, so far?

I love the freedom that the children have. When I first came to Lakeside, I saw all of these children running, playing and enjoying the sunshine without parents in site. I remember asking one of the other interns, who was a longtime Lakesider, where their parents were. She just laughed and explained the Lakeside culture. I was completely amazed, and pretty jealous that I didn’t spend my childhood at Lakeside. I knew from then on that my future family would have strong ties with Lakeside to allow my children the same freedom and growth opportunities.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?  

I am looking forward to watching the faces light up during the Fourth of July parade and fireworks. The Lakeside Chautauqua Fourth of July experience was one of my favorites as an intern. I loved watching the families gather and the children ride their festively-decorated bikes with their faces filled with pure joy. Holidays such as the Fourth of July in Lakeside display the true family orientation the community embodies. I absolutely love it!

How do you live the mission of Lakeside every day?

My favorite part of the mission statement is “To enrich the quality of life for all people…” because it is a reminder that all are welcomed to join in the unique Chautauqua experience. I live this mission everyday by looking at ways to enrich the lives of those I come into contact with. As I walk into offices, I wish staff to have a great day or thank them graciously for their assistance with a project to make them feel appreciated. When I receive a phone call or have a guest walk into the office, I provide them with my full attention to answer their questions, followed by a genuine thank you for their interest in Lakeside. Internally, I live the mission by examining how I can enrich my life with personal and professional growth. Can I turn a mistake into a learning lesson? Can I take part in a new experience to make new and lasting memories?

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My favorite hobby is baking and cooking. When I bake/cook, I become rejuvenated when I begin placing the ingredients of new and family tradition recipes. The largest joy however, comes from baking and cooking for those that I care about. It is my way of showing I appreciate having them in my life.

 

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Sarah Milheim
Title:
Advancement & Communications Coordinator
Hometown:
Bucyrus, Ohio
Years at Lakeside:
27

What do you love most about Lakeside, so far?

I love the feel of the small town and being able to walk to from the family cottage to work, shops and restaurants.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?

I am most looking forward to taking in a few shows at Hoover Auditorium, arts and crafts and visiting with my family. I would also like to try and attend one of the lecture series this summer; there are some topics that caught my eye.

How do you live the mission of Lakeside every day?

I relate closely to the arts and recreation pillars. I enjoy indoor cycling and yoga. When my family visits we will make several crafts in one week.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was a Majorette in high school.

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