Drive Leader Spotlight

  • Sue - Samuel Merritt University +

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    I am an assistant professor at Samuel Merritt University in the Physical Therapy Department. Samuel Merritt University has been a part of the Oakland community since 1909. We train the next generation of health care providers in the physical and occupational therapy, nursing, physician assisting and podiatric medicine professions to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for all members of our communities.

    How did you first learn about Family Giving Tree?

    A number of years ago I noticed a collection bin at my local coffee shop. I’ve always valued education and loved shopping for school supplies myself,

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  • Seham - streamlinevents +

    seham driveleader Role at streamlinevents

    I am an Event Technology Coordinator at streamlinevents.

    How did you first learn about Family Giving Tree?

    I first learned about Family Giving Tree through streamlinevents.  This is our 4th year donating backpacks to Family Giving Tree, and I am so happy I got to be a part of that this year!

    What do you love most about being a Drive Leader?

    I love knowing that the end result of the work I do as a Drive Leader will help provide necessary supplies to children.  Knowing that everyone loves receiving gifts provided great motivation to raise funds to help

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  • Steve - Moulding Direct +

    Role at Moulding Direct DL Steve Muto Moulding Direct copy

    I am an Inside Sales Representative at Moulding Direct. We sell moulding, doors and  flooring , as well as give design help and advice to homeowners and contractors regarding their projects and home remodel plans.

    How did you first learn about Family Giving Tree?

    I discovered Family Giving Tree after seeing wish cards on display at a local coffee shop during the Holiday Wish Drive a few years ago. After a couple years of fulfilling holiday wishes, I wanted to get more involved with the organization and decided to lead a drive!

    What do you love most about being a Drive

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  • Pin - Robert Half - San Ramon +


    pin driveleader Role at Robert Half

    I am a program specialist on the Talent Management Programs team. We strive to give the employees at Robert Half the best employee experience!

    How did you first learn about Family Giving Tree?

    We have been partners with the Family Giving Tree since I started at Robert Half three years ago.

    What do you love most about being a Drive Leader?

    Knowing that my efforts in leading the drive will be making a difference in not only the community, but in children's lives.

    What was your favorite school supply item growing up?

    Mr. Sketch Markers!

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  • Katherine - Yoga @ Cindy's +

    katherine driveleader Role at Yoga @ Cindy's

    I've been a manager at Yoga @ Cindy's for 1.5 years after spending over 2 years practicing and volunteering my time at the front desk. Last year, I completed my 200-hour teacher training here and have been teaching Yoga classes for almost 1 year! 

    How did you first learn about Family Giving Tree?

    I learned about Family Giving Tree from the previous studio manager - Yoga @ Cindy's has participated in Family Giving Tree drives for many years.

    What do you love most about being a Drive Leader?

    I love the feeling that I'm helping to make an actual difference in the community.

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