Who's Who in HQ is an ongoing series that serves to highlight familiar faces in Chemistry Headquarters.
Originally from the Lake George/Saratoga region of upstate New York, Senior Individual Giving Officer Corrie Lefebvre has lived in New England since graduating from college. She joined the Department of Chemistry earlier this year.
“When I saw the posting for the Senior Individual Giving Officer, I knew that my experience in building a pipeline and creating relationships with donors is critical for this role,” said Corrie. “I am excited to make connections with alumni and friends of the Department of Chemistry to emphasize the top funding priorities and make those important connections. The most critical impact philanthropy has on the Department of Chemistry is that it enables us to provide an exceptional learning experience, support new faculty, build and improve research facilities, and fund important emerging initiatives for now and the future.”
In her role in Chemistry Headquarters, Corrie focuses on raising funds from alumni and friends of the department, and establishing meaningful relationships that help articulate departmental fundraising priorities. In this edition of Who’s Who in HQ, Corrie shares the lineup for her ideal music festival, the name she’d choose for her hypothetical boat, the skill she’d love to master, and more!
- If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?
Cinnamon. The smell of cinnamon relaxes me.
- If you could pick any career other than the one you’ve chosen, what would it be?
A meteorologist. I always wanted to chase tornados, but what is interesting about this, is that I don’t like thunderstorms.
- What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it?
The Money Pit. I still crack up while watching Tom Hanks fall through the ceiling in the rug.
- Who would be in the lineup for your ideal music festival?
Chicago, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Phil Collins
- What food do you crave most often?
Steak – I love a good grilled steak
- What is special about the place you grew up?
Continuing to be best friends with girls I met in elementary school.
- What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
My husband and I drove from Denver to Santa Fe and spent time in Santa Fe/Albuquerque for a week. It was amazing.
- What are your top three favorite movies?
Money Pit, Pitch Perfect, and The American President
- What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Sleeping in to fresh made coffee, the house spotless, and my children being as well-behaved as possible for a 7 and 4 year old.
- Where was the most amazing sunset you have ever seen?
At my parents’ house in Culebra, Puerto Rico.
- Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Anywhere in Southeast Asia, but if I had to pick a favorite I would say Malaysia.
- What are some small things that make your day better?
Waking up/coming home to a clean house.
- What are you most looking forward to in the next decade?
Watching my girls grow up.
- What did you think you would outgrow, but haven’t?
My fear of thunderstorms.
- What invention doesn’t get a lot of love, but has greatly improved the world?
A toaster oven. Who doesn’t love a good piece of toast?
- What skill would you like to master?
I’d like to become a professional cook. I love cooking, but I would like to master those difficult dishes that I avoid.
- Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
- What inconsequential super power would you like to have?
- An epic feast is held in your honor, what’s on the table?
Nice bottles of cabernet, steak, dinner rolls with salted butter, and to be surrounded by my friends and family.
- If you owned a boat, what would you name it and why?
Golden thoughts. I have always had a golden retriever and they are the best!
Many thanks to Corrie for her many contributions to the Department of Chemistry!