Trustee Tuesday: Meet Foundation President Pamela Gaines
We’re excited to kick off the “Trustee Tuesday” series by introducing you to Phi Mu Foundation President Pamela Gaines, Epsilon Alpha. Elected by her fellow Board of Trustees earlier this year, Pamela is thrilled about the opportunity to serve as Foundation President for the 2018-2020 biennium. Pamela lives in Coppell, Texas, with her husband and precious poodle Chloe, and works as an Information Technology Leader at Southwest Airlines.
“Being a part of Phi Mu has ignited my passion for philanthropy and unlocked my desire to give back. Guided by our Creed, I’m inspired to ‘lend to those less fortunate a helping hand’ and am constantly encouraged by the enthusiasm our collegiate and alumnae chapters have for helping one another and their communities.”
A longtime donor to the Foundation, Pamela is a member of the 1852 Society and is the Foundation’s voice throughout her home state of Texas! Before she was elected to the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014, Pamela served the Fraternity as an Area Membership Director and Area Alumnae Coordinator. As a former collegiate Membership Director, Pamela enjoys being involved in recruitment and serves as the Membership Adviser for the Epsilon Iota Chapter at Texas Christian University.
“I get a lot of energy working with and learning from my Phi Mu sisters across the nation. Everything I’ve learned has set me up to deal with real life situations I face every day – whether its recruiting talent on my teams at work, identifying steps through a tough situation, or having confidence in presenting my thoughts and ideas.”
Over the years, the Foundation has broadened its portfolio of fundraising campaigns to include efforts like the popular M3 Campaign and 18 Hours & 52 Minutes day of giving, and we thought Pamela may have a favorite … but we were wrong! When we asked her which campaign she liked the best, she said she couldn’t choose because she enjoys every single one of them!
“Phi Mu Foundation is an advocate for Phi Mu members, investing in women to be the best we can be in all walks of our lives. Contributions to our fundraising campaigns allow us to offset the expense of higher education, provide leadership training, and assist our members when there are life-altering events that occur. That’s why every Foundation campaign is special to me!”
We also asked each Trustee to look ahead with us and share what they’d like to see as the headline for the Foundation’s progress for the 2018-2020 biennium. Pamela has her eyes set on the next campaign for Phi Mu and would like to see members and friends come together to support and push us past the halfway mark to our fundraising goal by the 2020 Convention!
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