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Get to Know Membership Manager, Robyn Reyff

Important things in my work:
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As we head into 2021 and anticipate an unknown timeline for virtual working, We are always looking for new ways to drive member value and engagement to support our members. The effectiveness of the Alliance growth depends on our willingness to adapt, innovate, and implement solutions that produce maximum member value.

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We look forward to a host of new speakers with a refreshing outlook on 2021 and the tools and resources they will offer members to help them adjust to a new normal. Our speaking events currently take place via Zoom and will feature our series of “Coffee Connections” and Members Only luncheons, which I look forward to co-hosting with our Director of Membership, Jennifer Blair.

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2021 also brings an updated website that is easier to access and offers a guided tour to help you navigate the tabs. We look forward to all the new changes that will take place throughout this year and will be sharing as we go along.

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Why do I do what I do
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I started my career in architecture and devoted 11 years to the field as a regional purchasing manager. In 2008, when the recession hit so did unemployment and jobs were few and far between. A friend turned me on to working in nonprofits as they were hiring. I got the job and the rest is history. I started my nonprofit career at the Society for the Blind in Sacramento, CA as a volunteer manager and fell in love with the culture of giving back and serving where the need is great. In the commercial world, I never found satisfaction at the end of the day for my efforts but in nonprofits, everyday I go home and someone or something has touched me in a way that makes me want to give more of myself. At the Alliance everyday, I hear your stories; I take it personally and strive to serve you to the best of my ability. One thing you will learn working with me as Membership Manager is, if I do not know the answer, I will find it for you, as there is always someone in the know that I come into contact with.

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What I’m watching
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After years of hearing how great it was, I just started “This Is Us.” COVID finally gave me a reason to sit down and watch it. Now I am hooked and must pace myself.

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What I’m listening to
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Lewis Capaldi, his voice is fantastic, and I could listen to him all day long. I’m also a country girl, so any old country singers like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, George Jones, etc. I could listen to them all day long as well.

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Fun fact: I had country singer Don Williams as a customer when I was younger, and when I read his name on his driver’s license, I said, “Are you the singer?” He said, “Why yes, I am.” To which I replied, “I know all your songs, my parents used to torture us and make us listen to them in the car every time we went to town.” He was not impressed, but I got him to laugh when I said I know every single song by heart and when I hear it now, I must sing along.

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In my spare-time
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I love to do photography and have recently discovered Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which is just down the road from me.  I have fallen in love with all it offers in photo opportunities. I love it so much that I recently bought a yearly membership and I go at least two times a week to get outdoors for exercise. There is always something beautiful to behold there.

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I also live next to state land, so often on the weekend, you will see my family and I on the side-by-side riding through the desert just enjoying the beauty before us. Yes, I live in the middle of nowhere (Gold Canyon), but I am a country girl (raised in Tennessee) who works in the city.

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