ISPI Staff Spotlight: Courtney Brooks Kamin

What is your position and scope of responsibilities at ISPI?
I serve as the chapter and program manager at ISPI. My responsibilities include providing support for our existing and forming chapters, as well as serving as liaison for the Chapter Partnership Committee. In addition, I work on all the programs that are part of ISPI, the biggest of which is our Annual Conference. I help coordinate our databases for our Call for Proposals and our Awards of Excellence, as well as the overall conference. I also help with our certification process. Administratively, I provide operational and structural support for policies and protocol to ensure the day-to-day operations and projects of the ISPI office are as smooth as possible.

When did you join ISPI and what do you like most about your job?
I joined ISPI in October 2015. What I love most about my job is the collaborative atmosphere of the office, and the strengths-based approach that Rhonda takes. As a staff, we understand and appreciate how we complement one another, and know where we need to ask for assistance to help strengthen our work. 

I also love working with our members, they are so committed and dedicated to the organization; and it’s such a positive energy that is contagious. Our Annual Conference feels like a reunion!

What do you think is ISPI’s biggest strength and why?
ISPI’s biggest strength is its desire to grow and change. We do not want to remain stagnant based on what has “always been,” but rather change and adapt with the times—technology, education, outreach, creativity, vision, and branding. ISPI wants to showcase where the Society currently is, and that is a really bold step for any organization to take.

Where does ISPI need to grow?
ISPI needs to grow in terms of diversity in membership. We need representation of all backgrounds, cultures, languages, and experiences to share how PI [performance improvement] affects us personally and professionally, and how that fuses with the society, in general, and the world around us.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am completing my PhD in sociology at the University of Kentucky, and have published my work in several publications that explore the role of women’s resistance against violence through music.

My professional career has been rooted in the field of violence prevention. To continue my passion in advocacy, I currently teach women's studies and specialized courses on domestic violence at the University of Maryland University College.

I also love spending time with my dog, Clover; learning to can, pickle, and make jams; growing vegetables in my garden; and rooting for the University of Kentucky's men's basketball team—Go Cats!