Hi there everyone. My name is Aaron Hadley and I’m the new Director of Operations for Imerman Angels.
I met Jonny Imerman at a speech in 2006 and was captivated by his passion, sincerity, and focus on the IA mission. Soon afterwards I volunteered at an IA event and was further impressed by the caliber and quality of the dedicated volunteers, many of whom had personally used the pair-up service as either a cancer fighter, survivor, or caregiver. I started as an Outreach Committee volunteer, representing IA at various events and by April of 2008 I was asked to lead the committee.
I grew up in Dallas and then St. Louis and graduated from The University of Arizona (that’s the one in Tucson). I enjoyed 8 wonderful years at the director level of a nonprofit followed by two years in downtown Chicago commercial real estate.
Positivity, passion, and great attitudes abound at Imerman Angels and because of all the amazing people here my transition into this new position has been very natural. I can’t properly express in words how much of an honor and privilege it is to officially join the IA team.
As Director of Operations I have a broad range of responsibilities. In general my focus is creating scalable systems, processes, and structures to help build a strong foundation so Imerman Angels can grow and help more and more people touched by cancer. This includes everything from infrastructure and technology to volunteers and outreach and of course most importantly to ensuring that our 1-on-1 connections are always helping cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.
As we look forward to the rest of 2010 there’s excitement about the launch of our new Angel Ambassadors program (growing IA volunteer chapters nationally), development of our core values, Mentor Angel Guide, a new testimonial video, an improved volunteer management process and the addition of several new intern positions. There’s much more to come so stay tuned!