Behind the Scenes: Meet Mary

Mary Gosselin started her journey at Daystar U.S. on August 1, 2013 as the Executive Administrative Assistant. She is always quick to lend a helpful hand and inspires others with her positive attitude.

 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I am always working on a variety of projects – making donations deposits & sending out receipts, editing and sending out student reports, entering invoices into the financial database, updating our donor database, managing projects with staff, preparing materials for the board meeting…Lots of different projects each day. I am a combination of a “circle” person (including people) and a “square” person (organizing).

 

What are some things you appreciate about your job here?

I really appreciate that each person on our staff is gifted with unique qualities which are celebrated and makes for a cohesive and fun workday –Kathy always says to us, “thank you for a good day.”

I also love working with donors and students and seeing the connections made, the gratitude of the students, and the joy expressed from the donors.  The generosity of donors teaches me how to be open-handed with the resources God gives me.  Having the opportunity to visit Daystar in December 2015 and meeting the students and staff that I had only known through email contacts – putting a live face to each person and hearing their story – was so meaningful.

 Mary with Jennifer Kinoti, and Barbara Ntoipo in the Student Finance Office on a trip to Daystar University in December 2015.

Mary with Jennifer Kinoti, and Barbara Ntoipo in the Student Finance Office on a trip to Daystar University in December 2015.

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

I spend lots of family time with my husband, 3 grown children, 2 grandchildren, and dog.  I love to read, go for hikes, make quilts, and cook. Anything outdoors – even in the cold Minnesota winters! I enjoy volunteering at my church too – being the “plant lady”, working with seniors, and teaching Bible studies for women.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Serve God joyfully every day without worrying what our culture says to do.

 

What is one of your favorite things to cook/and or eat?

I’m sorry, I can’t answer this!  I like food and eating too much! :)