Welcome Megha to the National Campus Leadership Team as the Volunteer Support and Development Chair! She is a longtime Relayer from Illinois and will graduate from the University of Illinois this year with a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Spanish.
Where do you Relay and Why?
I have been Relaying since 2009, beginning at the Relay For Life of Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Inverness. I now Relay at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and am President of our chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. I Relay for the people I've met throughout my journey as an American Cancer Society volunteer. Every volunteer that I've had the honor of working with inspires me to continue fighting back against this horrible disease.
What is your favorite Relay memory?
Like most others my favorite Relay memory is from my very first Relay For Life. My friend's mom passed away after a long battle with cancer when we were freshmen in high school - lucky for us Relay For Life was a huge community event so we chose to create a team and attend in honor of her mother. I didn't exactly know what I was getting into but every single one of my friend's families also came to Relay For Life to host a family potluck and short prayer in celebration of my friend's mom. As Luminaria came along the ten of us friends linked hands and walked the lap together, holding each other for support, as we finally settled down in front of our Luminarias that honored our friend's mom. Each of those memories became a tradition for our friends and families for the next four years, but that first night is an experience I won't ever forget.
Explain your role as Volunteer Support and Development Chair on the NCLT.
I serve as Volunteer Support and Development Chair. As the name suggests, in this role I work to provide support to all levels of our volunteers, as well as work on the development of all of our volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of the work we do for the American Cancer Society and its essential that we continue to provide them all of the resources they need to be successful!
What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT?
I would love to be able to bring back an element of leadership development to the position. Oftentimes our volunteers are thrown into their positions without any sort of prior training of the situations they'll have to handle or are afraid to take ownership of their event and their committees. I believe that some sort of leadership training would be beneficial to alleviating this problem, so that is one of my biggest goals for this role.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Singing and dancing around the house to 90's Bollywood music
What is your favorite Netflix show?
I bingewatch Netflix pretty much every night so I don't have one favorite but I recently enjoyed West Wing, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Blacklist.
What is your favorite food?
Pasta. Any and all kinds.
What motto do you live by?
Que será será - What will be will be