Leadership Spotlight: Tim Wilkinson
Nominated by his peers as the first to be featured in 2018, is Executive Director Tim Wilkinson! Tim is an integral part of the team, and has been with us for 32 years. His goal since the start has remained consistent; for kids to have a safe place to call home. Our Assistant Executive Director (and Tim's wife), Vivian Wilkinson had this to say about his work with EA:
"He could sell ice to Eskimos, and has sold everything from vacuums to used cars to help support his family over the years. If he wasn't with EA, he'd like still be practicing medicine as a paramedic or PA. During his time as a paramedic he could start an IV in the back of a moving ambulance on a bumpy road! Tim was very passionate about emergency medicine, but when faced with the choice to continue with medicine or focus on EA, he chose the latter."
Tim took some time out of his day to answer a few questions about what life is like as an Executive Director at EA Family Services. Read on to learn more!
Can you tell me a little bit about your journey with EA so far?
I started with the company 32 years ago in an entry level position. I worked in a number of positions here before becoming the Executive Director. I'm a perfect example of how there's always a chance to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Can you describe your best day on the job so far?
When one of the young men that lived with Vivian and I came to us as an adult, and told us he'd be dead or in prison if we hadn't believed in him.
What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
We all have a chance to make lifelong positive changes in people's lives.
Working in this industry can be challenging. How to do you unwind or practice self-care to prevent burnout?
I work hard and play hard, and always have an adventure planned. It acts as that carrot hanging there to help keep me motivated and moving forward.
What's something about you that would surprise most people?
I have a hard time sitting and just watching TV. I'd much rather be outside doing something fun and active.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Of all the many jobs I've had, being a foster parent has been the most rewarding. Seeing our foster kids grow up and be successful adults is an indescribable feeling.