Marie McDonald is the Operations Manager at the Ruth & Naomi House. In anticipation of Ruth & Naomi opening soon, we caught up with Marie for our first employee spotlight.
Tell us a little about your background.
My name is Marie McDonald. I grew up in Silver Creek, Georgia. I graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah with a B.A. in Gender Studies and a minor is Sociology. During college I worked in the Business and Finance Office for 3 and a half years. I also worked as a youth intern at Skidaway United Methodist Church for four and a half years before moving back to Rome and starting at the Davies Shelters.
2) When did you begin working at the Davies Shelters?
I began working at the Davies Shelter in January 2018.
3) What is your job title? What do you do?
I am the Operations Manager at the Ruth and Naomi House. That means I manage the day-to-day activities, volunteers, donations, and data entry at the new women’s shelter.
4) What does a normal workday look like?
Even though we don’t have residents yet doesn’t mean the house isn’t busy! Every day there are volunteers and contractors here working on various projects. So I spend a lot of time coordinating and planning with people from the community and contractors, managing donations, and keeping our files up to date.
5) What is your favorite thing about your job?
I spend every day at the Shelter with people in our community who want to help, with people who believe in our program and want to be involved. Every day something in the house changes and moves us forward, and that is very exciting. We would not be able to do this without the support of our community. I love seeing this side of Rome!
7) What is one fact about you that very few people know (and that you don’t mind sharing with the public)?
It’s no secret that I love plants, however I recently counted how many I have growing in my apartment. I realized there are 72 plants in my apartment, which was pretty exciting!
8) What is your spirit vegetable?
I know I am an adult, but vegetables are gross.