NACURH Winner
Month: February 2019

NACURH, INC.

Executive Board Member of the Month

School: University of California, Berkeley Region: PACURH
Nominee: Madeline Saldana Nominator: Jesse Conser

On-Campus Population: 7,200 Chapter Size: 34

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

At the beginning of the semester, the NRHH Golden Bear Chapter executive board suffered from some unfortunate circumstances wherein the VP of Finance and Communications had to step down from their position. As change often does, this situation forced the executive board to adapt and scramble to find a replacement during the first week of February. This is when Madeline Monique Saldaña (she/her/hers pronouns) walked into our life. Maddie stepped up enthusiastically and volunteered to be the new VP of Finance and Communications. This was a huge burden lifted off of everyone’s shoulders. Every person on the executive board (including myself) was ready to support her in any way she needed during the transition. Little did we know, Maddie would end up going above and beyond our already demanding expectations.

First, I’d like to describe a little background on Maddie: one of the hardest working people I know, even before she accepted a brand-new position in the middle of the year. Maddie is a second-year RA in Unit 3, is double-majoring in Legal Studies and Media Studies, works multiple jobs, and even teaches a class at Berkeley all about Drake. With all her many obligations, she still finds time to take care of herself, do well in her classes, and check in on her friends! Maddie has been a devoted member of NRHH ever since she was inducted in the Fall of 2017 and now is a revered member of our executive board.

Specifically, within the month of February, Maddie has done exceedingly well in her new position and even in areas outside of her expertise. After her very first executive meeting, Maddie had already set up an Instagram for our chapter, revitalized our Facebook page, and created two new graphics for OTM promotions. Since then, Maddie has increased our presence online through engaging posts and stories. With past experiences in running Instagram accounts and social media platforms for other reasons, Maddie was a godsend and brought an immense amount of skills to the executive board. She even set up a series of posts spotlighting each executive board member and showing off all their hard work to the entire chapter!

Not only has Maddie lived up to expectations within the communications side of her role, she also has stepped up our chapter’s game in response to finances. Starting to manage the budget of a team you have just met is never easy, but Maddie has done it with grace. Every executive meeting in February, Maddie has taken descriptive notes on the programs and campaigns happening with all other committees, including how much money and resources they’ll need. In the past, it wasn’t even her position that took notes so her initiative and dedication to the organization truly shines through.

Madeline Saldaña began the month of February with a million things on her to-do list. By taking over as VP of Finance and Communications, she added a million more. Somehow, she was able to do it all and more. It’s because of this productivity, her vision, and her commitment to giving 120% in everything she does, that I am honored to nominate Maddie for the Executive Board Member of February. There’s nothing she cannot do!

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Date of entry into database: 2019-02-21 18:54:43

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