Elena has always had a passion for serving those in need and has volunteered with various children’s charities over the years. In 2010 she founded what is now Branches Crew, Inc. Her goal was to create a non-profit benefiting local children and have 100% of donations go directly to the beneficiary. Elena also works as a practicing Physician Assistant, Academic Medical Instructor, advisor and most importantly, a mother. She truly enjoys working with children. Her mission is to increase community support, wellness and resources for children in need so that they have the tools they need to develop into a successful future.
Kristie started with the Branches crew as a tutor in 2018 and joined the Branches Crew Board in February of 2019. Her professional background in healthcare has just been the beginning of her passion and drive to help those in need. She has obtained her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and would ultimately love to work in pediatrics to dedicate her time and resources to assist children. She believes that all children should be given the same opportunities to gain an education and that they should have access to all their daily necessities.
Patricia (Pat) Kubic joined our board in June, 2016. Prior to that, you could call her resume “interesting". She started her career in Human Resources in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. About 15 years later, she took a hard left turn and became an entrepreneur. She owned and operated her own business for ten years. After she closed her business, she began another new adventure and became a writer. Pat writes a monthly column for four local small and mid-sized newspapers. But included in all those various arenas was the fact that she is grateful for what she has and for the opportunities that were presented to her. And it is that gratitude that propels her to lessen the burdens on families, children and animals.
MARY BETH GIORDANO
Mary Beth Giordano joined the board in June, 2018. Mary Beth is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she received a MS in HR Administration and Oakland University, receiving a BS in HR Management. Mary Beth has 30 years of experience in a variety of HR positions and is currently with Ford Motor Company. She is also the mother of two successful adult children and very grateful for the joy they have brought to her life. Mary Beth joined the Branches Crew to help and support local children in need in the hopes of making life at least a little better for them.
Rachel joined the Branches Crew board in February 2019. Rachel is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree at Oakland University. She has always wanted a career working with children as she was originally pursing a degree in elementary education. Her interests to work with children in need sparked while working on pediatric floors during her clinical rotations. Rachel is passionate about providing assistance to those who lack support and opportunities to be successful in life.
Kara has joined our board in August of 2019. Kara has recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. She is passionate about bringing kids together in events that will uplift their spirits. She joined Branches Crew to assist in giving underprivileged kids the opportunity to have meaningful experiences that will help them grow into healthy and confident adults. She also works in event planning and spends much of her time traveling to international destinations learning about the needs of different countries.
Raida has been a nurse for four years. First two years she worked at Children’s hospital downtown on a burn/surgical unit. Last two years she has been in the operating room. She is currently working on getting her master’s degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Caring for children has always been a passion of hers and she believes it’s important for every child to have positive role models in their lives and someone that they can learn from. She hopes to make a difference in the communities by being that someone that a child can turn to.
Her great passion is bringing good to those who are unable to help themselves - in particular, animals and children. She has volunteered for over 20 years with animals and now is starting the next chapter in her life to share her passion with helping children in need. Her educational background includes a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in International Business - both from Central Michigan University - go Chippewas!! She is currently a Proctor for online education at Central Michigan University and has been for over 10 years. Her current role as a Business Development Manager for Isabellenhuette for North America is a career highlight and one that she enjoys immensely. She has also been employed in a Sales Management/Business Development capacity for over 25 years.
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