Get to know our YNPN members in a series of Q&As!

Featured this month is Karen Thomasson, Assistant Director of Outreach and Communication at The Centers for Habilitation (TCH). Karen finds passion in the work she does every day. 

How long have you been a member of YNPN Phoenix?

4 months

What value have you found from being a member of YNPN Phoenix?

It’s been a great way to network, though I do want to get more involved than I have been.

Tell us about one of the most valuable things you’ve learned working for a non-profit.

Working for my passion and not just for a paycheck is more fulfilling than I could have imagined.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone new to the nonprofit industry?

Non Profits can’t always pay the highest wage, but the benefits outweigh the negatives.

What is one of the most satisfying things about working for a nonprofit?

I find happiness at work, instead of dreading getting out of bed every day.

Favorite Phoenix spot to grab lunch?

Taco Guild

What are you doing when you’re not making a difference in the community?

I love to go to the lake with my husband and ride stand-up jet skis.  

Favorite professional development resource? (book, website, podcast, web series, etc.)

Source America Online Academy

What other organizations/programs are you involved in?

I will start the Tempe Leadership program in a couple weeks.