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Board Member Spotlight on Pinky Reeve

Monday September 03, 2018

When her childhood friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Pinky Reeve’s line of business took a different direction. Pinky brings flair and business savvy to NW Parkinson’s Board of Directors. As Chairman of Celebrate!, Pinky ensures that our annual dinner & auction is dynamic, organized, and energizing.

Like the board, she aims to create a fabulous evening that lasts more than one night: Celebrate! continues to generate hope for people affected by Parkinson’s. Learn more about Celebrate!, our upcoming gala on September 29.

 

How did you get connected with NW Parkinson’s?

 

One of my best friends that I grew up with, Pam Walker, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

I had been in New York for a really long time; when I finally moved back to Bellevue, where I’m from, Pam was asked by one of the other NW Parkinson’s Board Members, Gloria Gottesman, to be co-chair of Celebrate! [our annual dinner and auction].

Both Pam and Gloria have Parkinson’s, so it became too difficult for them [to plan]. I wound up helping them with Celebrate!, and then I was asked to join the board - because one thing always leads to another [laughs].

I really ended up falling in love with all the dedicated people. People with Parkinson’s can be so passionate about getting the most out of life.

I knew very little about Parkinson’s. But I have a strong business background - I worked as an executive recruiter in New York and California. They figured I could probably do this pretty well.

 

And you must have had fun with it! You’re orchestrating it again this year.

Oh, yeah! It’s been fun. I have a box of business cards with “Chairman of Celebrate!” on them, so I’ll be doing it until someone gets tired of me [laughs].

 

What’s your approach to such a big fundraising event for a nonprofit?

My business background really applies to Celebrate!. Especially in the beginning, the auction has been all about organization and making decisions. I’m really fast, so I can see when things fall off track, then how to rally and get everyone back [on track]. Whatever we do, we have to be professional and serious through it all.

The vibe [of Celebrate!] is just terrific. You sometimes wonder if you’ll achieve it, and you hope for that feeling [of a great night] each time. I call this a hard-scrabble organization: we’re scrappy. And it’s fun that way [laughs].

 

You must be a good fit for the board as well. How do you like being a board member?

It’s pretty similar there, in that my strength is to help people stay on track, stay focused. I’ve got no qualms stating what I believe in, and if they don’t agree, then we move on to something else. These little ideas come into my mind and I throw them out there. Sometimes they stick; sometimes they don’t.

It keeps the energy going too - when you’re not worried about what people are going to say. I like to feel that I can contribute, but also, I have to have follow-through: when I say I’ll do something, I’ve got to make it happen.

There’s a beginning, middle, and end to everything you do. And you have to be goal-oriented, whatever your project is, and you have to focus on the end result. You [do] have to be able to improvise: you’re still working towards a goal, whether you’re caught in the middle or the beginning.

 

That’s adaptable. Which you often need to be in a nonprofit.

This is the first nonprofit I’ve ever worked with, my first opportunity. And I probably wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for Pam, originally...but now everybody else too. I like being able to contribute to [NW Parkinson’s].

 

Do you have any goals for NW Parkinson’s, and the community?

I want it to succeed. I [hope] to see it really established. My other hope is...we’ve got some really good [programs and services] going, along with our overall purpose [as a resource for people affected by Parkinson’s]. It’s up to the board to make sure that that continues - that we can afford what we’re doing and keep growing our great programs and services.

It’s not just belonging to a board: it’s really doing something.

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Join us at Celebrate! on September 29, when Hope Takes Flight.

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