Guest Post by Jared Staley, OSU Chapter Member, Co-Chair of Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member
In the fall of 2011, I began my time with Nourish International at The Ohio State University. Little did I know, this organization would light a fire inside of me and lead me down an incredible path. Nourish excited me because of its close community of leaders and the ability to really see how one individual can have a strong and lasting impact. Nourish International has helped me, as it has many other students, grow into a caring and compassionate leader. I began my time with Nourish as a general body member, and later took on the Marketing, Co-Leader, and Outreach positions within my Chapter. Today, I work with Nourish on a movement scale as Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member with the Board of Directors. The opportunities that Nourish provides students to develop as a true leader are endless.
Nourish International abled me to develop my leadership abilities unlike any other organization. From day one, I was made to feel like someone who had something to offer to the group. I was made to feel important. As I began to take on more leadership, I had my predecessors to look to. The leaders that came before me were honest, caring, supportive, and above all passionate. Nourish has taught me that to be a leader is to be a motivator. You are not required to have all the right answers nor all of the questions. To be a successful leader you have to be open to your peers. Nourish has taught me that leadership isn’t a place of power but a place of belief, love, and drive. As a leader, you need to have belief in your abilities, your peers’ abilities, and a collective mission. A Nourish Leader values the success of a collective, rather than the success of the singular.
Every member in Nourish International is a leader. We are a community of leaders that is constantly holding each other to higher standards, asking each other to be and do better. A Nourish Leader is a person who is able to see the abilities in others. They are able to take someone higher and bring out the leader in everyone. It’s that kind of community that makes the greatest of leaders.
– Jared Staley
We want to welcome our new additions to the 2013 Board of Directors! Our new members have been engaged and supportive of the movement for many years and begin serving on the board this July.
Gary Hayes – Managing Director & Co-Founder of Scale Finance
Gary Hayes, CPA, is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Scale Finance LLC; a Raleigh-based financial manageme
bunt services firm. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and has been involved in the financial sector through manybusinesses and nonprofit organizations. During his time as Chief Financial Officer with Koz.com, Hayes assisted the CEO in raising $35 million in venture capital. Hayes also acted as Chief Financial Officer for Ateb Inc and served as the appointed Treasurer for Ibiliti. He has been involved in the community as a guest lecturer for the undergraduate business school at UNC and NC State. Hayes is an active member of the Nourish International Finance Committee and has been elected as Board Treasurer.
Brandon Agranovich, Miami University
Brandon Agranovich is a sophomore at Miami University and member of the Farmer School of Business Honors Program. He is
pursuing a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. In his Miami Chapter,
Brandon served as the Chapter Representative and member of the ventures committee, while also serving as the Regional Representative for his region. He hopes to bring his experience in running his own businesses for over 10 years, as well as his experience in social entrepreneurship, to help Nourish’s mission reach more people. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golf, traveling and volunteering.
Jared Staley, Ohio State University
Jared Staley is a junior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing his B.S. in Architecture and a minor in Design. He has served as Marketing Director and Co-Leader for his chapter, and will be taking on the new Outreach position. In addition to Nourish, Jared is involved in SERVitecture, a service oriented organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity; Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council, University Honors & Scholars Ambassadors, a volunteer organization that works closely with incoming Honors & Scholars freshmen; and Kuhn Honors and Scholars House, promoting Honors and Scholars events and initiatives as a Student Staff Assistant. Jared’s passion for Nourish International, globalization, and alleviating poverty has propelled him to pursue future work in sustainable architecture and affordable housing. When he has free time, Jared enjoys reading, listening to new music, photography, working out, and discovering his newfound pleasure in yoga.
As I think over the past six months that I’ve spent working intimately with Nicole and the others who have helped to nurture and support the development of the Student Advisory Board (SAB), I am left in humble amazement, feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the progress that we’ve made thus far and am excited for what is still yet to come. One of our most important tasks beginning the year was to recruit and secure new SAB Chapter Reps from all of our Chapters across the country. And then, to select a project that was worthy of the time and passion of our newly appointed board. With unanimous support, the new Student Advisory Board approved two new projects: planning for our first National Nourish Day and conducting Chapter discussions on long-term community partnerships.
The SAB launched into the discussion about long-term community partnerships during mid-October, utilizing its new Chapter Reps as facilitators for conducting thought-provoking discussions with their respective Chapters, engaging them in a conversation about the pros and cons of having long-term community partnerships. Through this process, the board learned that many Nourish members have quite a reasonable understanding of international development. The feedback revealed that Nourish members generally support the idea of having long-term community partnerships, believing that they will enhance the sustainability of the work in which Nourish engages. However, despite general support, some concerns were expressed by the Chapters. Two of their most prominent concerns were that this idea might foster dependency, and that it might limit the Chapter’s power of choice. Because the Chapters were not given a specific model of long-term partnerships to consider, there were many variations on what this might look like, which allowed the students to develop a comprehensive set of “worst case scenarios”. At this point in time, the SAB’s report on these Chapter discussions will greatly inform any changes that they may happen to make to better the International Projects process for the upcoming school year.
The SAB now has the opportunity to plan for our first-ever National Nourish Day (NND)! There is a lot of excitement across all the Chapters for this, and we are truly looking forward to diving into this initiative. In mid-December, we had a round of conference calls with all the Chapter Reps, during which time we brainstormed an assortment of ideas for NND. Nicole and I are sifting through the ideas now, trying to determine which are most feasible for implementing across the entire Network, and of course, which ones seem to be the most fun, creative and engaging. For now, I’m going to keep a tight lid on which ideas are rising to the top and will leave it up to your Chapter Reps to fill you in when the time is right. So keep your ears up and your eyes open – the details will be flying at you soon enough!
SAB Co-Chair / Student Board Member
My road to becoming a Student Advisory Board (SAB) Co-Chair/Student Board Member started in an unlikely place—and that place was Rome, Italy.
I vividly remember the sense of panic I felt when I got an email from the National Office gently asking and reminding me that applications for the position were due soon and encouraging me to submit one. I had fully intended to apply, yet there I was, 2 weeks and hundreds of miles away from my laptop and all my files. I was impressed that I could even get Wi-Fi on my phone in our ‘modest’ hostel. At that moment of panic, I could never imagine how rewarding, humbling, and deeply exhilarating the next few months of interviews, training, and then transition to being a Student Board Member would be.
As I’m quickly approaching my first board meeting, I still have trepidations and uncertainties. However, I am now more sure than ever that I made a very good decision to apply for this position and the opportunity to work with every integral part of the Nourish movement. I am continually blown away by the caliber of excellence in all of the individuals I am working with.
My work started in July as I got to know my Co-Chair, John McCreary. Neither of us knew exactly what to expect, nor did we have a firm grasp on the details of the journey we were embarking on together. Those first orientation calls with Allie at the National Office and last year’s wonderful Co-Chairs, Claire Kane and Kyle Forrester, helped us shape our enthusiasm into understanding. Side phone calls with just John allowed he and I to establish trust and a friendship on which to base our increasing interactions.
By the time the Summer Institute arrived in August, John and I had already logged several hours and spent several nights of work developing our vision for this year’s Student Advisory Board. So despite having never met him, I already felt like John and I had known each other for years. The openness and optimism that we shared with each other as well as the encouragement and support that Kyle Forrester provided leading up to and all throughout the Summer Institute allowed us all to work together exceptionally well. By the end of the Institute we put the final touches on Kyle and Claire’s work from the year before and unveiled Nourish’s new Mission, Vision, and Values—all while building stronger support for this year’s yet to be determined SAB project.
Since the Summer Institute, John and I have continued to grow the base of the SAB. Our last couple weeks have been filled with emails and phone calls and Facebook messages as we work to recruit this year’s group of chapter and regional representatives. The more emails I send, and the more interaction I have with other chapters, the more excited I get about the potential of the SAB and the Nourish movement. It’s still very early in the year (in fact, many of our West Coast chapters still haven’t returned to classes), but I am filled with hope and expectations for a successful year ahead.