Position: Funding Development Director
Year Started: 2020

Deanne Holmes

Role Description

I am responsible for organizing fundraising initiatives and building relationships with donors, staff and volunteers. I am also tasked with marketing the organization in the press and across social media platforms.

What is something that people with disabilities have to deal with that you want to fix?

I would like for all people with disabilities to be accepted into their communities. It is important that all people are accepted for who they are and appreciated for the unique gifts they have to offer.

What’s your past experience?

Prior to joining the In-Pact team, I was the executive vice president of an event photography studio for over 20 years. I held a myriad of positions at my last company including Director of Sales and Marketing, Director of Client Engagement and Director of Photography and Video where I was responsible for strategic planning, new business development, B2B retention and networking.

What do you like about working at In-Pact?

My absolute favorite part of my jobs is spending time at the Clubhouse getting to know all the amazing individuals that utilize our services.

I also truly love networking and organizing events to help the organization.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Crown Point, as was my husband. We have three children and one fur baby. My family has been involved with In-Pact for years. I am honored to have the position my father-in-law, Harold Holmes, held until he passed away. He truly loved the time he spent fundraising and networking with community leaders, benefactors and In-Pact employees and families. He was committed to the success of the organization. I am excited and honored to carry on his legacy!

What are the values that drive you?

I believe that honesty, acceptance, determination and dedication are equally important.

Name your top 3 favorite podcasts or books

If you look at my phone you will see an extensive list of business strategy and self-help books and Podcasts, including my favorite Podcasts: Dare to Lead with Brene’ Brown and UnF*#k Your Brain by Kara Loewentheil.

I gravitate towards paranormal mysteries and have enjoyed reading author Wendy Webb lately.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

I am a true believer in living life to the fullest and giving back. I currently serve on the board of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) as membership and fundraising chair. I am a member of Tri Kappa and donate my time to various charities supporting animals and people with disabilities. I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading and gaining knowledge and inspiration from others. When I have free time you will find me golfing or sailing.

What’s your favorite quote?

My favorite quote: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi.

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