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2016 Top Volunteers

Kelly Salance

As evidenced by our 2016 Annual Report, this last year was a fantastic period of growth and achievement for the Neighbor Foundation. We want to take this moment to highlight our top volunteers in each region. These individuals have gone above and beyond in 2016, illustrating how to be a socially conscious citizen and exemplary employee at Zendesk.

Overview of our 2016 achievements from our Annual Report.

Overview of our 2016 achievements from our Annual Report.

San Francisco

Aaron Pewtherer - This last year, Aaron was our top volunteer in San Francisco with 59 hours. Impressively, 49 of those hours were with Reading Partners, an organization that partners with under-resourced schools and works one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Thanks for commitment this year, Aaron!

Lori Gauthier - In 2016, Lori had a fantastic year and was the top volunteer in terms of frequency. As an active Meals on Wheels deliverer, Lori volunteered at 32 of the shifts and overhauled the process for meal delivery, streamlining for efficiency, and helping employees to better connect with the clients.

Lori delivering meals to a resident at the Raman Hotel. Photo curtesy of Leah Millis at The Chronicle.

Lori delivering meals to a resident at the Raman Hotel. Photo curtesy of Leah Millis at The Chronicle.

Madison

Erin Hampe - Erin volunteered 54 hours throughout 2016 with many different Madison organizations, always encouraging others in the office to join her. What’s more remarkable, in 2016, Erin was promoted to become a Tier 1 Manager on our Support team demonstrating how you can be successful in your job growth at Zendesk and be a top contributing member in our community.   

EMEA

Saajan Shah - As a Senior Technical Support Engineer in our London office, Saajan is certainly kept busy with his job. Despite this, Saajan was a regular volunteer with our Team London interns throughout 2016. He stood out as one of the top volunteers because he would always go the extra mile for the interns, continually making sure they all had someone to eat lunch with and generally felt welcome in the office. Great work, Saajan!

Saajan and other Zendesk employees providing guidance at a HeadStart workshop in our London office.

Saajan and other Zendesk employees providing guidance at a HeadStart workshop in our London office.

Nick Peart - With an impressive 71 volunteer hours, Nick was our top global volunteer of 2016 working with organizations like Team London, HeadStart and The Challenge.  

I’m proud of very small part I have played in the great work carried out by all Zendeskians around the globe who strive to make a difference, simply because it is the right thing to do. I am always amazed at how much you can learn, grow and develop simply by giving up a little bit of your own time.
— Nick Peart

LATAM

Clayton Da Silva - Clayton is a Director of Customer Success in our Sao Paulo office. As an expert in all things Zendesk, it was only natural that Clayton helped to head up our Zendesk Certification program with one of our local non-profit partners, IOS. He helped to get the program up and running including training all of the trainers. Clayton has also visited several of the local orphanages that we partner with and babies love him (evidence below). Thanks for all your hard work this year, Clayton the-Baby-Whisperer DaSilva!

APAC

Beverly Festejo - Beverly is a volunteer rockstar in our Manila office! She has volunteered every shift that has been available even beyond her work hours. She has even invited many of her friends to join us in our efforts. 

Thanks to our top volunteers for helping make 2016 our best year yet. Having champions in our offices around the globe are essential to our success in our local communities. Looking forward to 2017!