Board Spotlight: Will Moody
Board Director serving since July 2021
Member of the Finance and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committees
“My favorite aspect of THEARI, or the story of THEARI, is the strength of the overall organizational culture… We are the stories that we tell, and the THEARI story makes the world a better place.” – Will Moody
This month for our Board Spotlight we’d like to introduce Will Moody. Will graduated from the University of Denver in 2020 and has been working as a private tutor for university and high school students in organic chemistry, math, Spanish, biology, and literature. He was kind enough to answer the following interview questions.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, where you live, family info (kids, pets, etc.).
I am (almost) a Colorado native. I was born in Los Angeles, California, but I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am a University of Denver alumnus, and I currently live in Denver. My twin sister Sarah is also on the Board, and THEARI has been a great way for us to stay connected!
If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Iceland. I love the outdoors and Iceland has been on my list for a long time because of the stunning, natural beauty they have to offer. I do not have any current plans to go, but it would be a dream come true!
What is one item you cannot live without?
My calendar. It is the single thing that I rely upon day to day to make sure that I am always on top of my responsibilities. I love to stay organized, and I know that I would be completely lost without it.
What is your favorite hobby?
There is nothing that I love more than a good book. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I set a goal to read a stack of books as tall as I am (6’5”), and I recently completed it! It took me around 70 books all told, but I had an absolute blast watching the stack grow.
Can you tell us about where you work, how long you’ve been working there, what your position is, and a little bit about what you do?
I graduated from the University of Denver in 2020, and I have been working as a private tutor for university and high school students in organic chemistry, math, Spanish, biology, and literature. I also work as a volunteer tutor for underserved students, and I love what I do. I also hold a position as the Ophthalmology Liaison Care Coordinator at the DAWN Clinic, which is a free student-run clinic for underserved patient populations. There, I help with the equitable distribution of resources and the coordination of patient care. I am currently applying to medical school.
Why did you join the THEARI BOD?
I joined the THEARI BOD because the mission and values of the organization greatly aligned with my own and what I was already involved in. When the opportunity arose to join the Board, I was ecstatic because it helps me live through my values and make an impact on the community that I love.
How long have you been a member of the THEARI BOD?
I have been on the Board since April of this year, and while I still feel like there is so much for me to learn, I have enjoyed becoming a part of the THEARI community.
Tell us about your roles professionally.
I have always loved to learn, and when I began to teach professionally, I fell in love with helping others become the best versions of themselves. While my role professionally is to help students grasp various academic topics, it is also to be my students’ biggest fan. I am there to celebrate their successes and help them through their defeats. It is an incredibly rewarding role to play in my students’ lives.
What is one of your favorite THEARI stories you like to tell?
I think that my favorite aspect of THEARI, or the story of THEARI, is the strength of the overall organizational culture. Everyone works incredibly hard to pursue and maintain the values that we hold, and it is amazing to witness and be a part of the organization. I think that we are the stories that we tell, and the THEARI story makes the world a better place.
What is your proudest accomplishment as part of the THEARI BOD?
I am very proud to be a part of the Board during a challenging time for everyone, and I think that it has been incredible to watch everyone pull together to continue to strive towards our goals.
What are your top three goals for THEARI in the coming year?
My goals would be for THEARI to continue to impact our community in a multi-faceted approach, increase outreach and engagement, and continue to build strong relationships with partners within our community and beyond.