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  July Spotlight
   Gail Hildenbrand Kulp '00

     BS - Elementary Education/History
Minor English
     Seidel School of Education
& Professional Studies

   

 

 

            


MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY

     Elementary Education and History with a minor in English

CURRENT EMPLOYER
       Sea Tow Foundation

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH
      
After graduating from Salisbury, I moved to Williamsburg, VA and began my teaching career. I taught two years of 5th grade (teaching all subjects) and two years of 7th grade Language Arts. While teaching in Virginia, I enrolled in the College of William & Mary and earned my master’s degree in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership with the intention of becoming a principal. Shortly after graduation from William & Mary, I relocated to Kentucky for my husband’s job and taught 6th grade Language Arts for a year and also served as a team leader. Halfway through this last year of teaching, I applied for a job that I’d seen advertised in a newspaper. The advertisement asked for someone with a boating background and education experience to apply, so I submitted my resume and thought that I’d likely be teaching boating safety courses during the evenings and weekends. It turns out that the job was much more involved and was for a national non-profit organization. I was hired to work full-time as their Education Director. I was in charge of reviewing and approving all of the boating safety courses taught throughout the country based on a specific set of standards. I also learned about grant writing and used the writing skills I learned as a History major to successfully secure over $1.5 Million in grant funds over the next few years. I also became involved in policy development for the organization utilizing best practices in the education field which I’d learned while taking courses for my education major. A few years ago, I was approached by another non-profit organization and asked to apply for their Executive Director position. I was hired by the Sea Tow Foundation in October of 2010 and have worked with them ever since. I oversee the grant proposal and submittal process as well as manage the grant projects. I work closely with the Board of Directors and am constantly looking for ways to expand the Sea Tow Foundation’s presence in boating safety. I also plan fundraising programs for the Foundation. I’ve traveled to 39 of the states so far and have made over 20 presentations and been published over 40 times for my work on boating safety education

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
       While I learned a lot in the classroom and was able to apply it in my various jobs over the last 14 years, I think the most important thing I learned at Salisbury was how to juggle multiple projects and manage my time. College was the first time in my life when I didn’t have parents, teachers or coaches telling me what to do. I had to figure out how to get everything done on my own.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
    
  I attended the Algonquin freshmen orientation trip my freshmen year and was a peer counselor each year for the following 3 years. I was also involved in the Outdoor Club and enjoyed kayaking, camping, hiking and making lots of friends. Academically, I was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honor Society) and Kappa Delta Pi (the Education Honor Society), plus I was on the Dean’s List. My on-campus jobs included driving the “Safe Ride” van on the weekends with my roommate and I also gave campus tours to prospective students and other visitors to campus

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY
       My favorite college memory is competing in the Spring Olympics and participating in the pie eating contest. I was laughing so hard that it was difficult to eat the pies, but it was so much fun to be surrounded by friends.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
       I had looked at a few other schools and had applied to one other besides Salisbury which also accepted me, but I ended up deciding to come to Salisbury because it provided me with all the classes and activities that I was interested in, it was
in-state (and in-budget), yet it was far enough away from home (3 hours) that I could establish my own identity and be away from my parents and family for the first time in my life. Incidentally, I never moved back home after graduation and have lived in 3 states since then.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
       Beautiful – The campus is beautiful with lots of brick buildings and tons of trees. In fact, the campus is a national arboretum. Friendly – No matter where I went on campus, I always recognized someone when I was a student. I made friends for life! Home – Within the first few months of my freshmen year, I started referring to campus as home. At first, this bothered my mom who didn’t want to let go of her oldest child, but then she realized that it meant that I was truly happy and enjoying my college experience, so she was happy for me. Even 14 years after graduating, when I visit the campus, it feels like I’m coming back home

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
         
My husband and I love to go on cruises. We are taking our 4th cruise this summer. We’ve been to the Bahamas, Florida and Mexico but we also enjoy the time we spend on the ship. A cruise is the one vacation where we can completely relax and get away from it all. Being able to turn off our cell phones and not check email for a week is wonderful!

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
          My greatest accomplishment was when I earned by Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry and fewer than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE. When I walked the stage and was given my pin and certificate, I knew that I could do anything.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
           I telecommute and work from home and have done so for almost 6 years. Although I am a very social person, I enjoy the ability to work at my own pace and have my dog beside me throughout the day.

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS
          
I enjoy kayaking, hiking, bike riding, walking my dog, cooking, eating, reading, going to concerts, photography and scrapbooking.

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