November Spotlight: Emily Barry
This individual has a great sense of humor, is a team player and is always willing to help out when needed. This individual has learned a tremendous amount and has grown professionally over the past two years at LLF. This individual is authentic and true to herself. She passionate and enthusiastic about Lakeside Arts Park programs and events she oversees. She has a “Can Do” attitude – at times she has gotten discouraged but has persevered. Emily has found that sales is not an easy task but a crucial skill to have for her position. She takes constructive feedback from Executive Director, supervisor, managers and patrons as learning opportunities. Her peers respect her and feel she has a consistent positive attitude, cares and is truly concerned about them (i.e. especially during signature events). She has been an excellent ambassador for LLF thru the Barrington Chamber and other community events she has been part of. She is eager to learn and wants to become an expert in her field. Her confidence continues to flourish – over time it has been noticed within team meetings, client meetings, and thru her presentations and proposals.
She should be proud of her professional growth and successes with LLF culinary & dance programs. I look forward to seeing you truly “Fly like an Eagle” this next year. Emily is a “Gem” within a “Gem” here at Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole.
“I have had the pleasure of working with and mentoring Emily for two years, since she graduated college. I am impressed with her professionalism and attention to detail. Emily is thoughtful and caring and has a heart of gold. She has been able to grasp the events, achieve starting up our ballroom dancing program and growing culinary. I look forward to what the future holds for her here at Lakeside and enjoy seeing her smile every day at LLF!”
May Spotlight: Len Lawson
This individual is quiet but has a steady sanguine presence. A dedicated member of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation team. This individual is always on time for work and puts in extra time when needed – does not need to be asked twice. Has lead by example and been an impactful mentor to younger staff members. He is patient, kind and respectful of team members, artist partners and outside visitors to the Arts Park. He is very knowledgeable about the LAP building maintenance and grounds issues. He offers solutions and recommendations to supervisor without hesitation. His handyman and maintenance expertise have been of great value and he helps out in a pinch. He has patiently worked with staff and artists to make their exhibits unique and special – from building three-dimensional doorways to saving LLF hundreds of dollars in repairing exquisite teak furniture. He takes pride in his work and being part of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Team. Len demonstrated his dedication and commitment to this organization daily – he always tries to fix or repair something himself rather than recommending the thing to be replaced with new or being repaired by contractors. He always participates in team building activities and recently showed the team a new side with his candor participation.
He is true TEAM player and is valued!
“Thank you” for being you and for all that you do daily to make Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole the special place that it is. You are a “Gem” within a “Gem.” Siobhan
Quote from Dawn:
Working with Len has been a rewarding experience for me. His knowledge, ideas, and dedication come thru on a daily basis. He has been there in a pinch and assisted in progressing projects thru to the end. He has been the eyes and ears of LLF and takes pride in his work completed. Thank you for all you do and being a part of the Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole team!
July Spotlight: Vera Lewis
This individual is a hardworking and dedicated member of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Team. One word that describes this individual best is “organized!!!” She is a professional and expert in her field – Marketing. Vera Lewis our Marketing & Communications Manager has been with Lakeside Legacy Foundation a little over a year and has taken this organizations marketing efforts to a new level. She has simplified and streamlined our marketing collateral and initiatives – but has done this only after doing much research and benchmarking other organizations such as ours. She is a calm leader with a positive disposition. Vera is well-liked and respected by all that meet her. She is quiet at times but that is because she is a thinker – she is intuitive, an excellent listener and good communicator- direct and to the point. Vera is very knowledgeable about marketing & communications and marketing strategies. She is an excellent multitasker, she is not shy about sharing her thoughts and making suggestions and/or recommendations. Vera is always on time for meetings and is always here early for work and stays until her job is done. She has no problem rolling up her sleeves and helping out wherever needed. She takes pride in her work and being part of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Team – they are her extended family. She is true to herself and colleagues and Lakeside Legacy Foundation is lucky to have Vera part of the Team. “Thank you” for being you and for all that you do daily to make Lakeside Legacy Arts Park the special place that it is. You are a “Gem” within a “Gem.” -Siobhan
Vera has the ability to look at an issue, be critical of the situation and explain her point in a very positive manner. She also works with a large amount of details keeping them all coordinated while having a very positive attitude always. -Roger
April Spotlight: Dawn Wilkinson
This individual is a dedicated and hardworking member of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation team. She is a true professional who is forthright and honest. She not only a good listener but is a good communicator- direct and to the point. She is not afraid to ask for others input and is very patient and thorough when explaining things to her team members. Dawn is extremely knowledgeable about finance and has done great job learning and addressing operational issues here at LLAP. She is an excellent multitasker, she has no problem rolling up her sleeves and helping out wherever needed and I appreciate her proactive thinking. She handles everything from making sure our 100 year old boiler is operating properly to pulling financial analysis reports for the Executive Director. She takes pride in her work and being part of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Team. Dawn demonstrated her dedication and commitment to this organization daily. She is a true TEAM player and is valued!
“Thank you” for being you and for all that you do daily to make Lakeside Legacy Arts Park the special place that it is. You are a “Gem” within a “Gem.” ~ Siobhan
Dawn has been a great professional role model for me in the time we have worked together; she excels at what she does in her job and truly cares for the people she works with. ~ Emily
Dawn is a fabulous supervisor. She is intelligent, understanding, a good listener and a good communicator. She knows how to get the job done and is a great leader. ~ Debbie
January Spotlight:Debbie Kaeser
Debbie is a dedicated and hardworking member of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation team. She is conscientious, detailed and focused with her work. In addition she is very organized and thorough. She takes pride in her work and being part of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Team. Debbie has demonstrated her dedication and commitment on a few different occasions; she has come in on a day off for a couple hours to complete some unfinished work for she didn’t want to slip thru the cracks. Debbie greets everyone with a warm smile and a positive attitude. She demonstrates daily the importance of responding to customers and colleagues in a timely and friendly manor. Her calm, humble and kind spirit is very welcoming to all. She is true TEAM player and is valued!
“Thank you” for being you and for all that you do daily to make Lakeside Legacy Arts Park the special place that it is. You are a “Gem” within a “Gem.” Siobhan
“I appreciate how much Debbie has been willing to learn and willing to take on since she has started. We have been able to streamline the finance department and put into place reliable and consistent reporting to the managers, Executive Director and the board.” Dawn Wilkinson