Caris has worked for CHAD since 2005 and serves as our Director of Community Partnerships. She works in Eastern Nebraska and manages campaigns in Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk, Beatrice and more.
What did you do before joining CHAD?
I have had a variety of sales & marketing training and experience over a lifetime before joining CHAD. Products trained in and sold have included: Lifetime guaranteed cookware; collectible gifts; retail clothes; personal banking products; stocks, bonds & mutual funds; industrial electric reels; environmentally safe dishwasher detergent; pharmaceuticals; radio ads; and church missions and memberships. I have been a full-time stay-at-home mom, worked part-time outside the home and have had a full-time career while raising two children and a variety of pets at different phases in my life. I can empathize with the different challenges that each of these different circumstances present.
What is your favorite part about working for CHAD?
My favorite part about working for CHAD is the many different individuals that I have met and work with, many of whom have become close friends. These incredible, kind and strong people continue to give me inspiration and hope.
What is the best thing that has happened to you since you started?
The most meaningful part of my life has always been my family. The best thing that has happened to me since I started working for CHAD is definitely my grandson and my two grandchildren on the way. There is no way to explain the amount of sheer joy that my children and now grandchildren give me.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
The one thing that might surprise people about me is that my all-time favorite vacation was the one that I had dreaded & feared the most months before going. It was a trip to stay in a jungle in Costa Rica where one of the World's Most Dangerous shows about snakes was actually filmed. The sounds of monkeys howling in the trees all around us in the dark the night that we first arrived was an incredible memory along with seeing them all around us as we hiked in the jungle during the day. I have enjoyed many trips before and after this one, as well, and have learned that I enjoy beautiful scenery away from large cities with smaller groups of people along with some alone time the most.