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Staff Spotlight: Ivie Walker

Published 4/23/2024


Ever wonder who assists you when you contact an organization? In a time when most communication is digital, the personal feeling can be easily lost. The NBCC Foundation strives to demystify the process whenever possible. 

We caught up with Ivie Walker, the Foundation's administrative assistant, to talk about her life at work and beyond. 

Ivie began her work with NBCC and Affiliates in 2016 and transitioned to the Foundation in 2021. As the first point of contact when contacting the Foundation, her goal is to provide a personalized experience while ensuring that concerns are addressed or routed to the correct person. Utilizing her BA from Guilford College, she manages a wide range of data for the Foundation, including donor information and the certification status of NBCC MFP Fellows and NBCCF Scholars. She also assists NBCC’s Global Capacity Building Department with its annual global virtual conference, Mental Health Connections, and mailing training materials for its Mental Health Facilitator program. 

Ivie’s desire to join the Foundation team stemmed from witnessing their enjoyment of hosting events such as the Bridging the Gap Symposium and Family First. Family First is an engaging opportunity for NBCC and Affiliates staff to come together in an informal setting, often with food and games, while donating to fund a local scholarship for a master's-level student. 

Through her work, Ivie expressed how honored she feels to help others make an impact in their community. “I get to see goodness in action. Few people share that privilege in their jobs.” 

As an avid reader of anything sci-fi, historical, or “just plain weird,” Ivie enjoys going on road trips to explore rural highways and historical sites and attending concerts of her favorite artists. As a lover of traveling, she hopes to visit Egypt in the future. “Visiting the Great Pyramids has been a personal goal since learning about them in elementary school.” 

Despite her professional demeanor, Ivie is full of surprises. She shared that she is an aspiring chicken farmer. She cherishes caring for them daily and the adventure they bring to her life. 

When asked about her inspirations, Ivie reflected on what motivates her in life: “I'm inspired by people who persist in the face of pressure to conform to unjust, unethical, and inefficient systems, micro to macro. Harriet Tubman was the historical figure who influenced me to actively seek examples, ancient to recent, to inform my actions when faced with similar situations.” 

The NBCC Foundation staff is dedicated to the success of its work. To further the mission, Ivie brings enthusiasm and creativity to the team. 

Visit our website to learn more about the Foundation and how you can join us to leverage the power of counseling to advance global health equity through expanded access to counseling and mental health services.

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