Over the summer, CFNC wrapped up our strategic planning process, which will guide our strategy and decision making for the next three years. As part of that strategic plan, CFNC will strive to continuously provide high quality services to families and children. With the needs of our families at the forefront, CFNC hired a new family support manager to build on our already fantastic family support team. And we’re so glad we did, because not only are our children and families  receiving the critical support services they need, but CFNC gained an amazing new member of the family. Enter, Mary Taverner!

Mary  joined the CFNC in August of 2018. She brings with her years’ worth of hard work helping children and families grow and achieve their own goals. Mary thrives when she can act as a resource and equal the playing field for disenfranchised populations. We are so excited to have Mary join the team and we know that her expertise and caring nature will help us continue to develop a thriving, robust family services program. We sat down with Mary (and by sat down with, I mean I pulled up a chair to her desk, which is between 10 and 15 steps away from my office – yay!) recently to help you (and us, too) get to know her a little bit more. Here’s what she had to say:

Why did you become a social worker?
I studied early childhood education and have a background in teaching preschool. I have always desired to work with children and families and sought a career that would allow me to do so in various capacities. Through Social Work I found the ability to work both directly and systemically in empowering children and populations vulnerable to disenfranchisement. I am passionate about providing equitable opportunities, especially to those who have experienced hardships. I believe that through love and compassion, every child has the chance to soar.

What motivates you to get up in the morning every day?
Knowing that I am a part of a team that genuinely cares and works hard to make a positive impact on the community inspires my day.

Why does CFNC’s mission matter to you?
Through various past work experiences, I have found that it is important to me to work for an organization whose mission is in line with my own values. At the end of the day, no matter a person’s role, we all work together to find ways to empower these children.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
My first job working with kids was teaching beginning ballet 15 years ago