Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Rowley

Volunteer Spotlight

Sandy Rowley

How long have you been volunteering at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

I have been volunteering with SMSC for about a year now.  I started out in ADC and I am now doing a Book Club at the Rancho San Diego library for the ADC students.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

I became a volunteer because I have a daughter with special needs and I knew there was a need for extra help in the adult programs.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?

I think my favorite thing about volunteering with SMSC is interacting with and getting to know the students who come to Book Club.  I love it when I’m reading a story and I ask them a question and they totally know the answer.  I also love it when they rate the books at the end of a story and they give it 5 out of 5 stars!  And, of course, it never hurts at the end of a Book Club when they thank me and tell me they love me!

Employee Spotlight: Gina Curry

Gina Curry

ADC/IP Job Coach

Q: How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

A: My first day at St. Madeleine’s was August, 12, 2003


Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: I like spending time with my kids, walking, cooking, shopping, and

watching documentaries


Q: What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

A: I enjoy 70’s music, singers and songwriters  


Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: Jerusalem and Germany, home of my ancestors


Q: What brought you to SMSC?

A: The students; also the hours and work days are great for a working mother


Q: What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

A: The students are very friendly, accepting people and the staff are very kind as well.  I think that SMSC is the most dynamic program around.


Q: What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

A: Welcome new employees and hope that they enjoy our students as much as I do. There is so much to learn, just give yourself time.


Q: Tell us about a mission moment that you have experienced at SMSC?

A: When I figure out what a non-verbal student wants, and what they are trying to communicate to us. Once I understand, I can share it with other staff and it works.  I also enjoy coaching a student that has been placed in a job that pays well with benefits. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan Woods



How long have you been volunteering at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

Jonathan has been volunteering at SMSC since he was in high school, about 7 years now.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

Originally, when Jonathan was younger, he took swimming lessons for several summers at the SMSC’s pool, as did 2 of his brothers and 2 cousins. Jonathan always hoped to play for the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Lakers (they still haven’t called J) or work for SMSC’s pool when he grew up.  Jonathan is very happy the pool did say “yes”. 

What are your favorite things about volunteering?

Jonathan loves getting up and coming to the pool each day.  He enjoys working with friends and meeting new ones.  He looks forward to helping SMSC students with their workouts in the water. He likes helping to keep around the pool cleaned up and neat.  Jonathan is so happy he was able to grow up and have his dream job!