Nicole was first introduced to Syracuse's Northside several years ago during the highest influx of resettled refugees into the neighborhood on the records. The families that she met, and began to form friendships with, became a daily beckoning to make their home her home as well. In the fall of 2010, Nicole and four others moved from the suburbs into the first Hopeprint Home on Lilac Street in the heart of the Northside. In this same season, Nicole and some initial partners officially started the organization Hopeprint.
Living in the neighborhood has brought a myriad of new friends, opportunities and learning to her life. She often remarks that she "learned more in these years than all of her schooling combined." Nicole firmly believes that all humanity has resting within them incredible potential, and wishes to see that potential realized personally, but even more in those around her - to "not just survive but thrive." She believes and lives out the paradigm that this is best done life on life, friend on friend. One is not teacher and another student, but rather we are all teachers and all students, growing together to be greater than the sum of our parts.
As Executive Director, Nicole leads and envisions the organization as a whole primarily through leadership development, strategic planning, liaison to the board of directors and management of staff. She also serves of various committees, cohorts and teams of community leaders in the city in pursuit of a common vision.