Tuesday November 10, 2015

Meet the Staff Series - Barbara Miller

Our next lovely CCE staff member is Barbara Miller who is the CCE Administrative Associate. Barb has been a part of the CCE family for 15 years. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio and she attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton and took some classes at UD. Here are Barb’s responses to the interview questions...


What do you do at the CCE?  As the CCE Administrative Associate, I handle all the accounting and billing activities for the CCE, Lalanne, UCDRC and other sponsored project accounts.  I also provide support to the CCE Director and staff, help supervise and manage the office work-flow, and assist with event planning and implementation, marketing and communication of CCE events.


Describe your family:  My husband and I have a daughter and son-in-law with three children, and a son and daughter-in-law.  It is wonderful that our children and grandchildren live in the Dayton area so we can visit them often.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  Gardening, trying new recipes, attending concerts by local musicians, and playing with my grandchildren.


Why do you support Catholic Education?  Because by attending Catholic schools our children are taught academics as well as the traditions and spirituality of the Catholic faith.  It reinforces that children are not only part of their own family unit but part of a larger faith community as well.


What Catholic Education topic are you most passionate about?  I am most passionate about finding a way to continue the fine work of the Urban Child Development Resource Center (UCDRC) in Catholic schools.  It is, I think, a very effective way to support the healthy social and emotional development of children and tie it into their academic and spiritual development.


Why do you look forward to coming to work every day?  I enjoy working with a wonderful, collaborative team of professionals who are dedicated to supporting students, teachers, and principals in Catholic schools.  We work very well together and appreciate each other’s gifts and talents.


What is one piece of advice you would give to Catholic Educators?  Be the most creative educator and compassionate spiritual leader that you can be.  Our children need inspiring role models.


Who is your role model? Describe him/her/them:  Brother Ed Brink was the Lalanne Director when I came to the CCE and I was influenced by his leadership skills and manner of living out the Marianist charisms.  His gentle nature, strong faith, commitment to social justice and inclusivity, and dedication to Catholic education taught me a lot during his time at U.D.


Here are quotes from other CCE staff members about Barb:


“Barb is the lifeblood of the Center. She wants to know what is happening in each area of the Center because she really cares. She manages to keep each of the areas functioning while taking time for her own health and well-being.”


“Positivity and determination pour out of Barb in everything that she does. She is an inspiration that drives the Center to be the best it can be.”


“Barb’s care for her family, friends, and fellow staff members is incredible. Thank you for being such a joy in our lives.”

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