Meet Ad 2’s newest member, Caitlin Cahill!
Caitlin’s membership is a great addition and a testament to the dynamic nature of our group. Caitlin has actually been hanging around Ad 2 for some time now (she and Dan Foote, Membership Chair are roommates) and has witnessed the group in action on her own turf several times, hosting our 2011 Board retreat, happy hour pre-parties (and late night after parties) and several other off-site events at her house! (Thank you for your patience, Caitlin…)
What makes Caitlin unique in our group is that she is not an advertising or marketing professional; she is a school nurse that oversees an entire school district. However, she’s not the type of school nurse that many of us may have in mind (old lady, hates kids, smoking a cigarette, etc..) she’s probably the coolest school nurse around and is working on some major initiatives that will help students in California get more involved with sports and nutrition. There is a great need for marketing and PR with this type of movement, and we are thrilled that Ad 2 may be able to help!
Right now Caitlin’s primary focus is a campaign to have students get their Tdap (whooping cough) vaccinations in time for the beginning of the next school year. California has implemented new immunization laws due to the seriousness of this disease and high communicability rate. All students entering 7th – 12th grade will NOT be allowed to attend classes until they are immunized. At the moment, less than 5% of her students have been immunized and this could turn into a huge problem for all California schools by next fall. Caitlin is spearheading a major promotion to provide incentives for these students to actually take the time to go to the doctor and get these vaccinations (without hitting up McDonald’s on the way). At the end of this school year, her students that have been immunized will be part of a giant raffle that will include products and items that will promote sports, health and nutrition. How can you get involved? Well, if you represent a brand that may want to support this great cause with some raffle items or press, contact Caitlin asap! (Her contact info is below).
As far as how she became aware of our group, see her comments below. “One lazy Sunday afternoon I stumbled upon an Ad 2 jacuzzi party in my back yard and knew I could learn a thing or two from this organization.” …Yup.
Caitlin Attended her first board meeting this past week and is already eager to volunteer with the membership committee and ADMERICA efforts. Her goals with Ad 2 are to promote health for students, families and our communities.
To contact Caitlin directly:
You rock, Caitlin- welcome to the team!! (And sorry for trashing your place)
In her own words:
1) Why did you join Ad 2?
One lazy Sunday afternoon I stumbled upon an Ad 2 Jacuzzi party in my backyard and knew I could learn a thing or two from this organization. There was a camera woman hanging from dangerously from a tree branch to get the perfect angle and a president who risked hypothermia canon-balling into a freezing pool on a nippy January day. Clearly, Ad 2 knows how to get the job done and get it done they did.
2) What committees will you be working with?
I will be working with the member committee and helping out where I can with ADMERICA.
3) What are your plans for the summer?
One of the benefits to working as a school nurse is to being able to enjoy the long vacations. Not only am I looking forward to two weeks off for spring break but a whole two months off this summer. At first the thought of job hunting for a temp position in today’s job market was the last thing I wanted to do. Then I realized I have the opportunity to live anywhere and do anything this summer. My top choices so far: beach bum in Nantucket with my bro, surf camp nurse in Hawaii, or professional backup dancer for Brittney Spear’s summer tour.
4) What’s the best thing about Ad 2?
The members of Ad 2 are by far the best part. Ad 2 is full of creative minds with innovative ideas and I can’t wait to get involved with everything. My goal as a nurse is to promote health for students, families, and our communities.