As some of you may know, Team W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is bidding a fond farewell to our Community Liaison Manager, Mariya Taher.
It is a bittersweet ‘so long’, as Mariya is leaving us to further pursue her education in Boston. We just couldn’t let her go without reflecting on the difference she has made to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and our team.
It was about four years ago when Mariya joined us as a volunteer. It was immediately clear that she was a model volunteer. So, when a position became available we swooped in and asked her to fill the role of DVIRC Content Coordinator. Mariya jumped at the chance, and shepherded this innovative program from the planning stages into reality. Now-a-days, the DVIRC is a model of collaboration known across the state of California. A great deal of it’s success can be attributed to Mariya’s hard work.
There are so many examples of this hard work, but her fundraising work in particular encapsulates her creativity and ‘can do’ attitude. We always knew that Mariya was an avid runner, but when she came to us with her idea for a grassroots fundraising campaign, Run To End Violence, we were elated–as was our bank account. At the end of it all, Mariya brought in about $10,000 in unrestricted funds to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Mariya’s ability to connect the potential of what could be with her natural talent was inspiring, and it set the tone of our ‘fun’raising moving forward.
When asked what she thought about Mariya’s contributions, our Board President Lija McHugh Farnham said ‘When I think of Mariya, I think of energy, ideas, passion, dedication, and brilliance. She has been such an incredible leader at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and in the surrounding DV community, and it’s so bittersweet to have to see her go to her next adventure. Thank you, Mariya, for your multitude of contributions to W.O.M.A.N., Inc!
It is with sincere gratitude that we send Mariya off to conquer her next goal, and we know one thing to be true: Mariya will exceed it. This is not goodbye, Mariya, this is good luck, we love you and we honor your work. Your spirit will remain at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. long after you leave.
Team W.O.M.A.N., Inc.