Calyn Holdaway has worked in the non-profit sector for more than twenty years as a volunteer across a wide range of philanthropic organizations both nationally and in Australia and Japan. She currently serves as the founder and president of The Ducere Group, a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that at risk students have equal access to high quality public education, where she leads a group of committed volunteers to find or create additional resources for at risk students, their families, and those who teach them. She is a fellow of the Washington State Charter Association Community Leadership Program and is a strong advocate of charter schools as an innovative means for all children to receive a free appropriate public education. As the mother of three children with special needs, Calyn is a compassionate and diligent special education advocate and a voice of reason for those who cannot speak for themselves.
September 2012-present Founder and President, The Ducere Group Pierce County, Washington
Created summer camps that successfully serve children of all ability levels, secured sponsorships from local organizations and philanthropist to provide the 2013 camp at no cost to the community. United a group of highly diversified professionals to actively participate in building up the three fold mission of the organization by researching data, writing policies and educational charters; submitted applications to state, federal, and military installations for access to operations under their jurisdiction; established relationships with local and national organizations who support the same vision and mission to secure that it's interest in the community is maintained, worked with local philanthropic organizations to provide free books to children and to secure a fully stocked donated library to The Ducere Group's emerging Village Academy. Coordinated donations equating to several hundred thousand dollars of medical equipped for organizations providing medical services to third world countries.
June 2011-present Founder and President, Team AWEtism Pierce County, Washington
Works with members of the military and their families to ensure that equal opportunities to access high quality public education for military children with autism are available. Coordinates efforts with local military organizations who support Exceptional Family Members in the educational setting. Created The Ducere Groups as a means to meet the needs of multi-diverse populations adversely impacted in a traditional public education system.
September 2007-March 2010 President / Treasurer / Purchasing Agent, Army Community Group of Okinawa Okinawa, Japan
Maintained financial records, conducted yearly internal audits of all financial documents, facilitated external audits; Maintained all documents and ensured the timely submittal of records to Private Organization Monitors on both Air Force and Army installations; Founding Member of Torii Station's first gift shop, which opened access to employment and created opportunities for college scholarships to military dependents; hosted and organized intricate fundraising opportunities coordinated amongst dozens of military Battalions; Worked with MWR to organize Bazaars run in conjunction with the Army/Navy games; Funded military and local Japanese organizations, Collected American books and opened 7 small libraries in the local Japanese community for the purpose of increasing language immersion opportunities and building relationships with local leaders and citizens; Scoured local and international venues for antiques and other high quality merchandise to be sold in the gift shop; Maintained gift shop inventory, sales, and consignment records; Issued pay checks to consignees; Led organizational meetings; Recruited and trained highly committed volunteers; received Two Star General coin from the Commander of the United States Army Japan for commitment to the US and Japanese communities.
March 2009-March 2010 Board Member, American Women's Welfare Association Okinawa, Japan
Collaborated with representatives from five military spouse's organizations representing all four branches of military service who run gift shops for non-profit; Pooled monies collectively and distributed to Japanese and American organizations within Okinawa; collectively sponsored scholarships for two orphans to pursue higher education; provided a start up grant for one of the first local national female business owners; funded the cost of new beds for a nursing home; provided operational cost's for the Stork’s Nest (an organization that provides housing for families needing medical assistance); funded the Army Holiday Food Voucher Program; funded expenses for Boy Scout troops to attend Philmont Scout Camp; paid for camera equipment and kitchen supplies for local school districts; funded numerous Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) programs, including more than $30,000 in funds for DoDDS educational and sporting activities.
Other Community Service
1st Special Forces Group 2007-present Team Point of Contact (POC), Company Point of Contact (POC), Family Readiness Group (FRG) Committee Member, Fundraising Chair
Organized a minimal number of fundraising events that effectively maximized the $10,000 annual fundraising cap; Used superior knowledge of Army regulations governing fundraising to educate Private Organization Monitor's to successfully remove barriers to FRG fundraising; Facilitated communications between the command, FRG, company level POC's, and team wives; Responds appropriately to meeting the needs of wives under my chain of command or otherwise; Organizes meals and childcare for spouses that are postpartum, ill, or those of deceased soldiers.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1991-present Nursery Leader, Primary Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, Relief Society Teacher, Stake Missionary, Visiting Teaching Coordinator, Full-time Missionary, Relief Society Presidency, Humanitarian Leader
Coordinates supports to meet the needs of membership; prepares lesson materials and teaches various classes; actively seeks out needs of the community and organizes membership to effectively meet those needs (collected band aids and books for the Madigan Pediatric Oncology Unity, collected sensory toys for Autistic children used at Camp One Small Change, organized food drive for FISH Food Bank, organized a quilt group to make and donate quilts; created and donated hygiene kits; coordinated with other outside organizations for collaborations in the community (i.e. Back Pack for Education Program)
Girl Scouts 2009-2010 Okinawa, Japan Founding Troop Committee Member
Army Community Services 2008- present Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) particpant at local, district, and SOCOM levels.
Submitted 11 issues which adversely impact Army families at the local level 2008 AFAP Conference in Okinawa, Japan, Of the nearly two hundred issues that were submitted locally, only twelve moved forward to the district level conference. 4 of those twelve were issues that I submitted. The number one issue moving out of the district level AFAP conference to the national level that year was one of those four. ACS Director of Okinawa cited me as having an unusually keen ability to identify issues within the local community and to articulate them in a manner that warrants attention and demands remedy.
Corregidor Family Housing Mayor 2000-2002 Ft. Ord, California
Meals on Wheels 1995 Brisbane, Australia
Australian Red Cross 1995-1996 Brisbane, Australia
Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital 1995-1996 Brisbane Australia
Ronald McDonald House 1989-1990 Augusta, Georgia
September 1992-September 1999 Interpreter to the Deaf Brisbane, Australia / Utah, United States
Worked with deaf in a variety of settings in both the United States and Australia and translated for the deaf in school, work, church, and other community settings. Was fluent in both American Sign Language and became natively fluent in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) within three weeks being able to teach and translate with such proficiency that the deaf believed me to also be deaf (a great honor within that community).
June 1998-September 1999 Executive Assistant to the Director of Corporate Product Logistics / Purchasing Agent NuSkin Orem, Utah
Maintained multi-million dollar Line Item Budget for two Divisions, comprising several departments; Acted as a Purchasing Agent for three Departments; Developed and maintained relationships with sales representatives; Created measurable tracking systems and wrote and tracked reports monitoring product logistics, warehouse distributions, product sales, etc. Maintained executive schedules, coordinated executive travel, acted as liaison between Director and staff, Department Managers, and Esteemed Guests.
January 1997-June 1998 House Manager The Roger Pratesi Estate Atlanta, Georgia
Interviewed for and coordinated contractor and maintenance staff schedule; Maintained and documented all personal funds, petty cash for service recipients, and operated home within budgetary guidelines; Maintained house inventories, coordinated children's schedules; responsible for sole care of children while executive parent was away on business 20-25 days per months.
1992-1994 Special Education Teacher Aide Logan High School Logan, Utah
Mandt Cetifiied; Worked with severely mentally and cognitively disabled students; Escorted students as assigned by teacher to various on and off site locations including both classroom education and job training opportunities; Assisted students with mobility needs such as, lifting and positioning students, lifting in and out of wheelchairs, loading and unloading on the bus; Transported students in and around the school, on field trips, and to job training sites; Monitored students during assigned periods within a variety of environments for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment; Provided programmed practice activities and repetitions as developed by teacher, therapist or pathologist; Reported student concerns directly and expeditiously to teacher and assisted with student resolution; Assisted with breakfast, lunch, snack, including clean-up; Maintained various records and files; Developed a deep gratitude and appreciation for individuals who struggle with communication as an effective means to meet their needs, and thus learned and taught them sign language as a means to increase communication opportunities.
1993-1994 Private Job Coach Logan, Utah
Assisted an adult with severe physical and mental disabilities with achieving established goals and with personal care and mobility.
1993-1994 Job Coach Group Home Logan, Utah
Assisted individuals who experienced significant physical and cognitive disabilities with personal care tasks, including but not limited to, lavatory, clothing, hygiene, diapering, toileting, and wash-up routines; Assisted with meal schedules, morning and evening bedtime routines; Dispensed and tracked medications; Planned and coordinated social outings, doctors appointments, parent visitations, and shopping trips.
1991-1992 Teacher Aide, Kindergarten A. Brian Merry Elementary School Augusta Georgia
Assisted a student who experienced disabilities with school work; Graded papers for all students; Performed task assigned by the Teacher.
1990-1991 Director McBurney Pre-school Augusta, Georgia
Maintained enrollment; Tracked and logged payments; Managed staff; Coordinated staff and student schedules; Oversaw nursery and pre-school programs; Planned breakfast and lunch menus; Ensured adherence to Food and Safety guidelines; Maintained state compliance.
Attended Augusta State College, Utah State University, and formerly Dekalb College majoring in Business Administration.
Skilled in: all major Microsoft Office programs; Technology and systems necessary for Web based work; Record Keeping; Travel Logistics; Scheduling; Presentation; Meeting Management; Client Relationships; Written Communication; Promoting Process Improvement; Decision Making; Administrative Writing Skills; Networking; Able to type over 60 wpm