Each month a zoo staff member is selected as employee of the month. The individual selected has gone above and beyond their job description and embodies the core values of zoo. He or she leads with animal welfare, obsesses over service, works smart with heart, and ultimately leaves the world a better place.
Amanda Cable Musser is not only the zoo’s development coordinator but also the zoo’s database administrator, auction and raffle coordinator, resident grant-writer and Big Day of Giving extraordinaire. Amanda never fails to exemplify the zoo’s core values through her incredible work. She has exhibited continued and unwavering professionalism, dedication, compassion and respect for her colleagues, clients, and donors.
Amanda started work at the zoo, not as a zoological society employee, but working in the Kampala Café for Service Systems Associates in March of 2010. By May of 2010 she had caught the eye of event staff and began working as an events assistant. At the zoo, she has also filled the role of front gate staff, and after a brief stint at another job, she returned to the zoo to work as the development coordinator.
The most recent example of Amanda’s hard work is the Big Day of Giving. With a smile and an unfaltering positive attitude, Amanda took the charge on the Big Day of Giving. With her leadership, the zoo met our goal of raising over $50,000 in only 24 hours! This is more than $10,000 what our goal last year was! Not only did we meet this impressive goal, but the zoo also broke records of staff participation.
Her hard work continued throughout such challenges as a complete database switch. As the database administrator, Amanda was always working smart with heart making sure that the switch to Altru went effortlessly. From training staff to building the database itself, she helped lead the charge toward this massive Zoo-wide change.
Amanda’s leadership, professionalism and work ethic is truly something to be celebrated and recognized. Thank you, Amanda! You really do leave the zoo and the world a better place.