Julie Pellegrin | Executive Director, The Haven

Tell me about your work: 

What is the best part of your job?  

The best part of mya job is the opportunity to make an impact in our community and to empower individuals who have suffered abuse to establish safety and heal from the traumatic effects of that abuse. 

What is the hardest?  

The hardest part of my job is that the need for The Haven’s program and services is tremendous.  Ensuring The Haven has adequate resources to meet the need can be challenging.  

What’s on the agenda for The Haven in 2020?  

The expansion of our transitional housing and legal services projects. Our annual gala, which raises funds to support our programs and services, is just around the corner on March 28, 2020.

How can individuals in the community support the mission of The Haven?

There are lots of ways community members can support the mission of The Haven.  One is to collect and donate supplies for the agency including laundry detergent, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, school uniforms, undergarments, and socks. Another way is to make a financial contribution and/or sponsor our annual gala, which ensures that we can continue our work of providing safety to our communities most vulnerable families.

What’s one leadership skill you feel everyone must learn?

The leadership skill I feel is imperative for everyone to learn is leading by example.  One of the most important ways to lead by example is to for a leader to demonstrate commitment to mission/vision.  It is imperative that a leader have commitment to the organization’s mission and vision, shares that vision clearly with employees, and inspires others to support the vision.

 

Tell me about yourself:

As a child, what did you see yourself doing as a career?  

As a child, I want to be a social worker. I guess you could say I always knew I would I have a career in social services.  

What was your very first job? 

My first job was as a bank teller in the drive-up window at American Bank (parking lot of the Southland Mall!). I worked there during the end of my senior year of high school and first year of college.   

What time to do you wake up and how do you start your day?  

I wake around 7 a.m., drink green or black tea each morning to start my day then I set my intentions for the day.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?  

Books! I’ve always loved to read.   

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you bring? 

Greek Islands.  I would take my friend, Heidi. We love traveling together and every trip is a great adventure. 

 

Favorites/This or that:

Favorite potato chip flavor: 
BBQ

Favorite sports team:
LSU Baseball 

Favorite TV series:
“Call the Midwife” 

How do you take your coffee? 
I do not drink coffee. Green tea! 

Favorite super hero:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 



Ice cream or frozen yogurt?
Ice cream (chocolate!)

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl •