Adrienne WhismanPhilanthropic Services Associate
What do you do at the GHACF?
I provide administrative support for the foundation in regard to donors and grant requests, helping to process grants, organizing information, and providing research assistance.
How long have you been with the GHACF?
I started in September 2018.
Why do you work at the GHACF?
I’ve always been drawn to a career that creates a meaningful impact on my community. The foundation provides a vital resource to allow us as individuals and groups to create a better future for us all. At the end of the day, I wanted to be able to say that I had truly helped others through my work. The foundation allows me to see my community grow and thrive
Education & Experience
I obtained a bachelor’s in history with a focus on women’s history, as well as a degree in humanistic studies from Saint Mary’s College in 2017. Through Saint Mary’s, I was able to study abroad for a summer in Ireland on an archaeology dig in Trim, Ireland, excavating the Black Friary, a 13th century Dominican Friary. I have experience working with various communities and people to help implement change and promote progress towards a better culture. I also had the privilege to present and publish my research on the Lavender Scare at an Academic Conference in Seneca Falls in October 2016.
Prior to the GHACF, I worked for the USS Silversides as a tour guide and archivist, where I researched, catalogued, and preserved artifacts and documents donated to the museum.
Do you have a leisure activity or hobby?
Most days you can find me curled up with a cup of tea and a nice fat book. I love to create art, either painting or sketching a design as the mood strikes. I also love to go for long hikes in the dunes, where I usually end up hopelessly lost due to my abysmal sense of direction. I attend plays, musicals, and concerts as well.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve played the French Horn since 2004.