Intern finds life experiences at TBBCF

Gabby Tudisca moving on to full-time job with Norwich Chamber

By KATHLEEN EDGECOMB

Gabby Tudisca – TBBCF wiz kid!

When Gabby Tudisca graduated in 2017 from Eastern Connecticut State University, she wanted a job where she could hone her marketing skills and give something back to her community. She found it at Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

The 23-year-old Bozrah resident is now moving on, taking a full-time job with the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce. But her short stint at TBBCF will be felt for years to come.

As an enthusiastic recent college graduate, Tudisca brought order to the cyber space of TBBCF when she was hired as a summer intern in the summer of 2017. She quickly proved her worth, and when her internship was over, she was hired part-time.

“She’s wicked smart and has a great work ethic,” said Sandy Maniscalco, co-founder of TBBCF.

Tudisca streamlined the process for getting stories, photographs and information about TBBCF into the monthly newsletter and on the website. She made it easier to find information about the annual walk and fundraising events.

Intern training with 2018 spring intern Michelle Chenail

And while all that doesn’t sound very glamorous, it helped the way the 13-year-old organization does business and improved the way its message gets out to the public.

Kate Davis, the director of operations and walk chair, called Tudisca a “breath of fresh air” who made mundane tasks, like taking inventory, fun and efficient.

“Gabby has been our IT ‘go to’ and has saved many a project from computer purgatory,” Davis said. “(She’s) always in a great mood and ready to face any challenge. Her bright personality and problem-solving skills will be truly missed.”

Tudisca also helped start a college internship program, which she hopes TBBCF will continue after she is gone. It is a way to introduce the local non-profit that gives 100 percent of its fundraising dollars to breast cancer research to a younger group of people, she said. And many young people are interested in the nonprofit sector, she said.

Colleen Kane, 2018 fall intern with Gabby at ECSU intern fair

The TBBCF internship program offers a chance at hands-on learning.

“It’s a good place to get real life experiences,” she said. “They give you a project and say, go do it.”

Tudisca said she will remain involved with TBBCF as a volunteer and will help in any way she can.

“I have all these new connections and I’ve built relationships on my own,” she said.

“I’ve built a family out of it. I definitely want to help the community.”

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