By Alison Ramsey, IAHPC Newsletter Editor
Serendipity — a happy result from unexpected events — sums up how Genevieve Napier came to IAHPC.
Her career, before becoming Program Officer, was spent at large academic institutions, implementing systems and processes, creating strategic initiatives, and developing educational programs. She first worked in her home state, sunny Texas, then followed a job north to windy Chicago. While there, she opened her arms to Sullie, a rescued coon hound: “I was a sucker for a pretty face.”
Then everything changed.
Fed up with brutally cold winters and longing to rejoin her family and friends, but with no actual plan to move, she put her house up for sale on a whim. It sold at the first open house, which was all the convincing she needed to return to Texas. Jobless.
Within months, she joined IAHPC. The flexibility of working from home was alluring, but became invaluable when her parents’ health began to falter. And, unexpectedly, joining a small, nimble team gave even more opportunity to satisfy her love of shepherding projects from inception to completion.
“I like things to have a beginning, middle, and end.” (A family joke is that Genevieve “can be spontaneous, if you let me know when.”) At IAHPC, “we can change direction and accomplish things quicker — see results faster. It’s nice to see things all the way through.”
Genevieve’s home life also consists of projects. In houses, she likes the challenge of a fixer-upper (she’s on her third and scouting for a fourth), a trait inherited from her father, Gayle Napier. “There’s something very satisfying in designing and planning a home project, plus the pride you feel once it’s completed.”
Dad was a part-time preacher whose volunteering kept the house hopping, and his daughter inherited that trait, too. “I’m volunteering more now, because I have more time. It’s a good way to meet people with the same interests.”
When Sullie died a year ago, she added dog fostering to her other volunteer work after deciding not to own another. “She was a great dog, but high maintenance,” she laughs. She currently fosters Styx, who had been malnourished and abused. But the door, she admits, may not be firmly shut. “Maybe I’ll find a dog that fits,” she muses. “Who knows?”
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A list of individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month.
|Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice (BACCH)||Kuwait|
|Near North Palliative Care Network||Canada|
|Ahmad Fawad Pirzad||Afghanistan|
|Marvin Colorado||El Salvador|
|Marco Antonio Rodriguez||El Salvador|
|Cecilia Elizabeth Menjivar Deras||El Salvador|
|Thuy Ly Nguyen||Vietnam|
|Maria De Los Angeles Minatel||Argentina|
|Shiao Yen Khoo||Malaysia|
|Wendy Gomez Garcia||Dominican Republic|
|Alexandra Tatiana Fernandez Davila||Ecuador|
|Ana Maria Restrepo||United States|
|Marie Caroline Sepulchre||Chile|
|Carolina Andrea Jaña Pozo||Chile|
|Genevieve Napier||United States|
|Alison Ramsey||United States|
|Barry R. Ashpole||Canada|
|Associação Moçambicana de Cuidados Paliativos (MOPCA)||Mozambique|
|Mongolian Palliative Care Society.||Mongolia|
|Ecuadorian Foundation for Palliative Care (FECUPAL)||Ecuador|
|Hospice Austria – National Organisation for Hospice and Palliative Care in Austria||Austria|
|Polskie Towarzystwo Medycyny Paliatywnej (PTMP, Polish Association on Palliative Medicine)||Poland|
|Asma Jamal Antara||Bangladesh|
|Tonny Abdul MWABURY||Lesotho|
|Diana Verónica Portillo Alvarado||El Salvador|
|Muhammad Atif Waqar||Pakistan|
|Marck Vincent Lucero||Philippines|
|Alejandro Zavala Calderon||Mexico|
|Salazar Escobar Valentina||Colombia|
|Julia Drummond Camargo||Brazil|
|Maria Anastasia Lapetina||Argentina|
|Ana Ines Demarchi||Chile|
|Amir Radfar||United States|
|Nathalie Steiner Collet||Switzerland|
|José Luis Castellano Cabrera||Spain|
|Petra Rantanen||United States|