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Kristen Alonzi

CNP ‘12
Current job: Executive Director at Special Ministries of Livingston CountyKristen Alonzi
Major at EMU: Special Education with a minor in Health Education

I chose to get the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential because I knew I wanted to serve the population of people with disabilities, but in a more community-based non-profit setting instead of the classroom. I am SO glad that I pursued this credential to help connect my required classroom experiences with community nonprofits! My current career allows me to build connections and work alongside passionate people, and I know that my work has immeasurable value for the people we serve.

The NLA program gave me confidence to pursue nonprofit work instead of teaching in a classroom. My internship inspired and fueled me - I loved the more flexible environment, building connections, and working for a cause that I love. The experiences I had during NLA helped me to realize how much creativity and adaptability are welcome and celebrated in nonprofit work. My favorite part of the NLA was learning about all of the creative solutions to problems our community faces. I am thankful for all the principles that I learned to form a foundation for my career.

What advice do you have for NLA students as they graduate from EMU?
Set boundaries for yourself immediately. Let your values be your guide, not fear - if this doesn't make sense now, it will one day.

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