Staff Highlight: Marisa

Meet Marisa Collins, Rodman for Kids’ Operations Manager! Marisa has been a part of the Rodman for Kids team since 2020, but worked with our Founder, Don Rodman, for almost 25 years! We’re so glad to have her as a member of the team.

We recently spoke to Marisa to learn more about why she loves being a part of the Rodman for Kids team.

What is your role at Rodman for Kids? What do you do on a daily basis?

Marisa: I’m the Operations Manager! Every day is so different. Depending on the day, I could be working on HR, financial or operations duties, or working to put on our incredible events!

What is one of your proudest accomplishments since joining Rodman for Kids? 

M: I didn’t come on as an official Rodman for Kids’ team member until after our Founder, Don Rodman, passed away. I came into a role that was newly created. My first order of business was helping to develop accounting procedures, instituting HR and operations policies, as well as creating a benefits package. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come with our backend operations in the last few years!

What inspires you the most about the work Rodman for Kids does for kids in the community?

M: It has to be Rodman for Kids’ collaboration with our incredible Charity Partners. They inspire me in that it allows our impact to reach thousands of kids.
How do you connect personally with Rodman for Kids’ vision & mission?
M: I worked closely with Don Rodman starting back in 1995. He was an amazing friend and mentor. Don taught me so much about all of the different ways you can give back.
Last question – what is a fact about you that no one on the Rodman for Kids staff knows?
M: That’s a tough one…we are such a close bunch and know so much about each other! I don’t think anyone knows that I’m petrified of flying. Whoever is sitting next to me, whether I know them or not, WILL be holding my hand during take off, landing, and turbulence whether or not they want to!

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