Tamera J. Veppert: Nonprofit Woman Leader Creating a Better Central Ohio

Community Shares of Mid Ohio is taking the month of March to highlight the women leading our member charities for making a difference in the community as part of Women's History Month. 

Tamera J. Veppert, Community Resources Advocate of Deaf Services CenterHead shot of Tamera J. Veppert, Community Resource Advocate of Deaf Services Center

How long have you been in your current position?

22 years

How did you decide to pursue a career in the nonprofit field?

I always have had the desire to work within the Deaf community and have wanted to see Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing individuals have equal access to various services without communication barriers because of their disabilities. 

What do you see as the barriers, obstacles, and/or challenges? How did you or how do you recommend that these be overcome?

For the Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing communities, the barrier/obstacle for them is communication and receiving information and services they need to maintain their independence in the community. Hearing individuals learn information driving in the car listening to the radio, over hearing conversations at a restaurant or in an elevator but for an individual with a hearing loss that information can only be learned if they read it or if someone tells them.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

Encourage Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing consumers to become advocates for themselves and help each other. I am currently working with youth in high school to learn more about their careers and I am a role model/mentor to show them that anything is possible. 

Would you encourage the young women in your life to pursue a career in nonprofit? Why or why not?

Yes if they have desire to work with consumers, providing services.  Giving back to others who need a little or a lot of support to live their lives to the fullest is the most rewarding experience.

Your best piece of advice for women leaders, now or in the future is:

Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from it. Then make sure you laugh about it.

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