A Q&A with IEJF’s new Finance Director Allison Zidek
What are you most excited about regarding your new role as IEJF Finance Director?
Working with Leslie and Tyrina, consultants, and the IEJF Board. I got great vibes from everyone I met during the interview process and I look forward to learning more about IEJF and being able to provide accurate and timely financial information for their decision-making.
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t find in your LinkedIn profile.
Well in my newfound spare time (my daughter left for her Junior year at the University of Tampa in August) I’ve taken time for myself and returned to water aerobics classes several nights a week – maybe someday I’ll get certified to teach classes too. That, along with taking our COVID-adopted dog to training classes, is helping to fill the void.
You worked for a number of years in the private sector before pivoting to nonprofits. What do you like best about working in the nonprofit space?
I’ve always done a lot of volunteering – schools, community, church, condos – and usually wind up being on the organization board and serving as treasurer. Working in the non-profit sector has allowed me to meet and work with truly inspirational individuals and has provided opportunities for more of the same rewarding experiences. Even from the finance/operations department, it’s amazing to know that I’m using my skills and gifts to contribute towards something that will make a difference for others.
Best book you’ve read or series you’ve watched recently?
Recently, I was excited to learn that a new season of “Grace and Frankie” was available on Netflix. Luckily, I have been able to take time and laugh through a few episodes and look forward to watching the rest – the casting is perfect. While doing mundane household tasks, I tend to stream HGTV in the background.