We are so excited to welcome Sierra Karcz-Lumley as our new development coordinator! Sierra will help the development team with applying for grants, raising funds, and planning for our annual gala, Celebration.
Sierra has interned for Serve Denton in the past, helping execute our annual Celebration gala.
She recently graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship.
Speaking about her new position, Sierra says, "Since I started at Serve Denton, I feel as though I have a greater purpose. I am eager to continue to develop my skills at Serve Denton while contributing all that I can to the organization.”
“Since I started at Serve Denton, I feel as though I have a greater purpose.”
How did you hear about Serve Denton?
I first heard about Serve Denton when I was a junior in college at UNT. I was looking for a job on Handshake when I saw a listing for an unpaid events and operations internship. Although it was not at all what I was looking for at the time, I happened to be strangely drawn to the position. I now think that was for a reason.
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about music. While I don’t play an instrument, I appreciate and love music to such a great extent. I try to spend most of my free time going to shows, festivals, or discovering something new to listen too. I am a lover of most genres, and I always enjoy being introduced to new ones.
The reason why I cherish music so much is not only because it is deeply therapeutic, but because it has also led me to discover and deepen relationships with so many people in my life.
What are you most excited about with this position?
There are a number of things that excite me about this position. First of all, this is my first full-time position, which is somewhat nerve-wracking but also fills me with such zeal. I have always loved working.
Ever since my first job, I have been almost addicted to it. The only problem I’d had with my previous jobs is that they had not been very fulfilling. I didn’t feel like I was contributing in a way that really mattered. Since I started at Serve Denton, I feel as though I have a greater purpose. I am eager to continue to develop my skills at Serve Denton while contributing all that I can to the organization.
How has your past experience prepared you for this position?
When I first became an intern here, my main focus was Celebration. I quickly learned the ins and outs of the silent auction process. It was a completely new experience that I learned so much from, which I wholeheartedly cherished.
Thankfully, the following year in the months preceding Celebration 2019, Carlie asked if I would like to interview for the events assistant position to work on Celebration again. The second time around was much more challenging but even more rewarding.
The development coordinator position will be very similar to my previous role with some added layers. I think it is the perfect next step for me right now as I continue my journey in life and at Serve Denton.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from Yakima, Washington, where I lived my first 17 years of life. Right before my senior year of high school, I moved to Texas with my mom, which threw me into completely uncharted territory. This was one of the hardest time periods of my life but is one I am most grateful for as I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. After I completed high school, I got accepted to the University of North Texas where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship after attending for three years.
I spend the majority of my time with my family, friends, or enthralling myself into music. I also love hiking and playing board games, which I try to do as much as possible.
These past few years, I have also become increasingly engrossed in spirituality and the origins of the universe. My interest in the subject was provoked by confusion, which I had felt my whole life. None of the answers anyone gave me about us and our universe ever made sense to me.
However, after doing tons of research on the subject, I have transferred from a state to confusion to one of content. I now believe we live in a mystical place that is intended for love, growth, and supporting one another. Coincidently, I think where I’m currently at is the perfect place to practice that.