As Dialogue on Race Louisiana has grown, so has our team! From Board members to staff to facilitators, we have a lot of talented people in our midst. If you are interested in learning about our team and what it is like to work with us, you’re in the right place. We hope this blog series is a fun way to tell you about our favorite memories, our least favorite chores, or what book we just can’t put down!
We’d like you to meet Kristina Lusk, Dialogue on Race Louisiana’s Outreach Director and a committed member of our team. Read on to learn more about her!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a Louisiana native from Erwinville. I received my degree in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University (Lion Up!) and currently reside in Baton Rouge. My husband and I have one child, two dogs, and two cats!
How did you first learn about DORLA?
In the beginning of 2019, a friend shared the completion of her DORLA Original Series on Facebook. I signed up without knowing much about the program, but I was eager to learn! After completing both the Original and Advanced Series, I knew I needed to be involved. I started as a volunteer before joining the staff part time in December of 2020 and full time in August of 2021.
What do you do at DORLA?
I recently accepted a position as the Outreach Director for DORLA. I collaborate with the rest of the team to create and implement outreach plans that spread DORLA’s mission. This includes marketing initiatives, program coordination, donor relations, and facilitation of partnerships with other businesses and organizations.
What do you like about working with DORLA?
Working with DORLA is a dream! Our team members all work together to deliver the best experience to DORLA participants. We are also a very understanding team, and it is a positive feeling to know someone has my back when life pops up.
What are the values that drive you?
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
To be honest, this varies based on my mood and energy! I enjoy socializing with friends, taking my son to explore, and working on house projects with my husband. But when my energy is depleted, nothing beats a good nap or resting on the couch to watch TV!
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Recapping my day and then watching funny videos with my husband. Laughter is the best medicine, and my husband and I both enjoy spending time together laughing!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher. I would play pretend classroom all the time! Now that I am older, I realize that being in the classroom all day might not be my cup of tea, but I do enjoy mentoring young people as they apply for college or search for a job.
What’s your most hated household chore?
Laundry, hands down. It is the chore that never ends and it has only gotten worse since having a little one!
What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
I would love to learn how to sew! I enjoy buying things from various makers, so it would be neat to make clothes for my son or sew my own tote.
Are you an alumni that wants to volunteer with Dialogue on Race Louisiana? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved!