Hi, my name is Chrissy Swenson and I’m the new Communications & Outreach Coordinator at Great Bay Services. You may already know me as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Great Bay, a role I’ve filled for the past 4 years while also honing my communications & marketing skills in other roles for other employers. I’ve worked as a salesclerk, a buyer, a marketing director, a web editor, a social media manager, and more. At Great Bay Services I’ve worked one-on-one as well as with small groups as a DSP, and have gotten to know a number of our New Hampshire clients, staff, and community members through that work. You may be wondering if we’ve met before – I’d be hard to miss!
My hair has been all the colors of the rainbow, I often wear a kitty-ears headband, I’m chatty and outgoing. I am small but I am mighty – five foot two and full of energy and enthusiasm, ideas and the know-how to bring those ideas into reality. I might not be quite what you expect. When I’m not talking and doing, I’m thinking and planning – I’ve been called everything from queen of the room to chief inspector. At my core, what I am is an advocate for PEOPLE. All people. I myself have ADHD, my child is on the autism spectrum, I stand on the side of the underdog and the misunderstood. My decision to come work for Great Bay Services and build my career here was an easy one – my personal & professional goals align through Great Bay’s work. And through my role in communications & outreach, I intend to further grow my advocacy on behalf of this community which has come to mean so much to me.
If you missed our November 2021 blog post, I suggest you read it. It is something I wrote while out with a participant and describes real experiences we encounter being a part of this community. You may read it via the link below:
I am fighting to make us be the best we can be so our program participants can live their best lives. These are things we all hope and fight for in our personal and professional lives. It’s time the world saw that hope and fight in our community members, and fight alongside them.
Together, we are making that happen.