Tell us what attracted you to work in the Jewish communal world?
Whenever I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, my answer was always, “I’m not sure, but I know I’d like to change at least one person’s life.” As I got older and actually had to make decisions, I decided that the best starting point would be to give back and to help strengthen a community that really gave me the foundation for the person that I am today.
And to JBBBS specifically?
I think the mission of JBBBS is absolutely incredible. I really believe in what we do here. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful real-life big sister [former JBBBS Administrative Spcialist, Elana Sable], whose guidance really did lead me not only in life but specifically to JBBBS. I cannot imagine my life without her. Providing this positive role model to kids who might need a little extra direction is something that I think changes not only those individual lives, but helps entire families and communities.
What’s been your favorite part about working here so far?
I think my favorite part about working at JBBBS so far is really getting involved in my work community. It is this incredibly safe learning environment, where I get to know more about the agency, the people around me, our clients, and myself!
What do you do for fun?
I really love to spend time with my friends and family! I also love to travel and go to the beach.
It’s Women’s History Month: What one female, living or deceased, inspires you most?
Coretta Scott King. I think that she is one of the strongest female figures I’ve ever learned about, while her husband is one of the most well-known leaders in the Civil Rights movement. Coretta Scott King made a name for herself and not only supported her husband but stood up for women’s equality and made changes her own way. She is a beautifully strong woman who really helped to pave the way for women!
Tell us one little-known fact about Mariel.
I have been a vegetarian for 2.5 years!
Say hi to Mariel (firstname.lastname@example.org).