Article by Ozzy Samad
Over the past few months, you may have noticed a number of changes to our newsletter to make it more readable, launching the new website so that visitors can see BBF’s work with greater ease including ADA accessibility, and an evolving stream of communications that illustrate BBF’s work to the public at large through television and online platforms.
Leading these advancements is Laura Kelly, Vice President of Global Partnerships and Development. Utilizing over 26 years of experience, Laura’s focus has been on effectively supporting BBF’s programs under the H.I.D.E. (Healthcare, Infrastructure, Disaster Response, and Education) umbrella. She and the development team are striving to illustrate the stories that you so graciously help make happen. They enable BBF to further strengthen our programs, receive additional funding, and ultimately assist even more people in need both here at home and around the world.
As outlined in BBF’s Strategic Plan, Laura’s goals have included making BBF a household name through her social media initiative and by connecting with people on an individual level. A few of her achievements include raising funds for COVID-19 and organizing the upcoming BBF Golf Event to raise funds for local educational and healthcare programs. Throughout the pandemic, Laura has not only committed herself to the BBF mission but also cares for her family while her husband has been deployed to Afghanistan and teaches third grade to her son. In the spring, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in Legal Studies.
And now to elaborate on the title of this article! I’ve been hearing that familiar line as our phone is often answered by another Laura - Assistant Director of Global Partnerships and Development, Laura Bright. Working hand-in-hand with Laura Kelly, she is an integral part of BBF’s development efforts - from helping integrate our new donor management software to creating Talking Points for my interview with Allison Ford, the producer at MCA-TV. The station is doing a piece on BBF during their March 26th Public Awareness Weekend.
Laura has a master’s in Emergency Disaster Management and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Her career prior to BBF has focused on working with and educating victims of crime and advocating for their rights. She brings a unique perspective to her work in helping others.
Rounding out the team is Kim Hosan, Development Coordinator. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and experience working at the Pittsburgh Symphony, Kim has been focusing on applying for grants from BBF’s foundational donor base. These projects include funding for solar panels and improving infrastructure for both our facilities on Pittsburgh’s North Side, along with looking for support for BBF’s programs and projects.
I hope you get the opportunity to say hello to Laura, Laura and Kim, or any of our other dedicated staff members if you happen to call in with a question. Of course, it is through your support and their efforts that we are able to achieve so much in helping those in need, wherever they may be. As always, thank you – we could not be more appreciative.