Meet the Staff: Crystal Gimesh
Crystal Gimesh started as a volunteer in 2009 fulfilling an internship requirement with Belmont University. Prior to volunteering, she had no idea that anything like this program existed. Crystal enjoyed volunteering in the Start Now Program so much that she continued to volunteer after her internship ended. There were innumerable days where she would arrive for her Start Now tutoring session tired, unmotivated, and frustrated about challenges in her own life only to leave refreshed and optimistic.
Many of our learners are shouldering burdens much heavier than any I have experienced, while also trying to master language skills that most of us take for granted, and doing so with a gracefulness that is nothing short of inspiring.
As the Office Manager & Start Now Coordinator at the West Nashville Office, Crystal wears many hats. Her primary role includes training new volunteers in the Start Now Program, managing Start Now tutor and learner appointments, writing lesson plans, and all sorts of other various office administrative tasks. She is typically the first person you will interact with during the day at the West Nashville office, whether you walk through the door or call on the phone. If Crystal cannot personally help someone with whatever they need, she can almost always direct them to the appropriate person.