She’s got brains, beauty, talent, work ethic, and a caring heart. Today we’re introducing another member of our board of directors, our non-profit Treasurer, Eugenie Ooi. As a board director, Eugenie provides oversight to make sure we are in compliance with laws, stay on mission, and help guide the direction of the organization. As treasurer, Eugenie oversees the finances and tax compliance for Finally Family Homes. OK, truth be told, I haven’t actually dreamt of Eugenie, but she is a dream to have on our team!
This post is the latest in a series helping you get to know a little bit more about the people working behind the scenes at Finally Family Homes. In previous posts, I introduced Christina, our executive director, then Eric, our chairman of the board, and Marie, one of our board directors.
Meet Eugenie Ooi – Non-Profit Treasurer
Eugenie has been to Kyrgyzstan several times with pacific Crossroads church. She got to know the Oak House ministry and girls and roomed with founder Christina on her first trip to Kyrgyzstan. We’re so excited for you to get to know her a little more personally.
What do you do for work?
I am a CPA/Tax Advisor.
Why did you choose that / How did you end up there?
I like numbers. I didn’t know what I wanted to major back in college and my oldest brother, Herbert, majored in accounting and I thought it was interesting and easy and so here I am.
What do you do for fun?
I love hanging out with friends and trying out new restaurants.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
What skill would you like to master?
Playing guitar or piano.
Where’s your favorite place to go in the Los Angeles area?
I love the beach, especially between Santa Monica & Malibu. Point Dume is really nice.
How did you find out about foster kids aging out and the struggles they face?
I first learned about this reality when I was doing mission work in Kyrgyzstan. Then I learned more through the Invisibles campaign from PCC.
Describe your life when you turned 18.
I have to say it was easy for me. I lived with my parents until I went to college. Then I got an apartment with my brother and later with some friends. I had an in-State scholarship for my college and life was easy and fun there. I also had a couple of part-time jobs while going to school. I had to work to pay rent.
Who were your biggest supporters at that time?
What were your plans for when you “grew up”?
I wanted a simple life, a family with kids.
What makes you excited about / want to be involved with Finally Family Homes as our non-profit Treasurer?
I have never been homeless, but I can imagine that aging out of the foster care system without adequate supports must be hard. Society can be brutal and cruel and I hope that my little contribution can help meet the needs of aging out foster youth.
What’s your favorite Bible verse?
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
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