Jodi Hilsabeck is a Project Manager/Technical Assistance Provider with RCAP’s Midwestern partner, the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) and has been employed with them for four years.
Jodi came into MAP with a background more focused on statistics, analytics and administrative duties where she knew a ton about budgets and numbers, but nothing related to water. She refers to herself as “well-rounded”, with a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and Corporate Recreation and Wellness, in addition to experience as an Executive Assistant, a paralegal certificate, and a mother. After her children went to school, Jodi began searching for part-time jobs and MAP fell right into her lap. She knew some individuals within the organization who encouraged her to pursue a position, as she recalled “if they can do it, I can do it.”
Over her four years, Jodi has enjoyed her work and most importantly, establishing the bond with the communities she works with. “The bond is always there. Every once in a while, I just send an email checking in,” Hilsabeck explains. Although there is a challenge with creating the bond in some communities, Jodi refers to those challenges as a “hard shell that you have to crack”, but there are others who are open and willing to work with TAPs from the onset of the project. Aside from that bond, her favorite part of being a TAP is having the opportunity to work with small communities that are struggling.
Jodi’s future goals include her growing and being able to do new things, with a focus on working more in the Community Facilities side of our federally funded grants. Thank you, Jodi, for all of the hard work and dedication you’ve shown to improve the quality of life, starting at the tap.
Below you’ll find our interview in full, including her backstory, the uptick in broadband requests and her future aspirations!