Community, wellness, and service are drivers that have shown up in Stephanie’s heart and actions her entire life. She’s taught 8th grade, volunteered, developed programs and coordinated them, and now, in her role on Groundwork’s development team, she feels the satisfaction of those life drivers at play in helping bring local solutions to communities throughout Michigan.
“Being part of the development team is a great opportunity to bring contributors and participants into the Groundwork fold,” Stephanie says. “This can be through a person’s passions, resources, expertise or funding that supports the shared-mission of making a sustainable impact. It is collaborative work and I love that!”
Nurturing connections for a better world comes second nature to Stephanie because the same theme is central to her other life passion: living a Yoga lifestyle, a practice she has taught since 2005. “Yoga is not something that one ‘does,’ it is a way of life and a life’s practice and I am a student for life,” she says. “Yoga is a way of inter-being and about attention and intention. Health is not the absence of disease, it is a way of well-being … mentally, physically and spiritually.”
A sustainable way of well-being could also describe what Stephanie loves most about her work. “Every day I am lucky to be working on the solution side of the issues that I personally care about. Every day is part of a rewarding forward movement,” she says. “We are all intentionally engineering communities in a sustainable way.”