March Staff Spotlight: Brittany Winebar, Director of Mission Achievement
1.) How long have you been at Prevail and what is your position?
I have been at Prevail for 10 years. Director of Mission Achievement.
2.) What do you like most about working for Prevail?
The privilege for walking alongside survivors. Their courage, vulnerability, growth and authenticity are a honor to witness. I have also been blessed in working on collaborative projects that positively impact the ability for our community to empower and hear the voices of survivors.
3.) Who is your hero?
My grandpa. He has demonstrated how to manage multiple forms of adversity. He truly listens and gives you his whole self. Plus, he is a natural story teller and I am drawn to the whimsical, wild, heart-wrenching, honest, and vulnerable portrayals that he shares about his life experiences. He would happily walk into any adventure with me and have my back the whole time.
4.) What is your favorite quote?
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
5.) What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I would cheer others on, but I would politely decline the offer to sing. I know my strengths and Karaoke does not rank among them.
6.) What motivates you the most to serve others?
Every person deserves to be seen, heard, appreciated, and nurtured. Whether I get to offer that to clients, colleagues, or community members, I wholeheartedly believe that we all need this and by doing so we create safety.
7.) If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The world is full of foods grounded in such robust culture and tradition. I couldn’t just eat one meal for the rest of my life because I value the diversity of our world and its food.
8.) What is your proudest accomplishment?
When I fulfilled by childhood goal of earning enough scholarships to attend college at no cost. I knew that I wanted to go to college, but wasn’t sure how my family or I could really ever afford that growing up so I made it my mantra to find a way to earn myself a spot at an university. I knew I wasn’t the smartest person, but I was hardworking. I wasn’t the most popular, but I understood that I wanted to serve others and found incredible ways to this. I wasn’t always the bravest person, but I learned to say yes to things that challenged me.
9.) What animal do you most identify with, and why?
Odle. He is my spirit animal. He has high personal boundaries, wants to be in the thick of the action, can make meaningful difference with that cute nose and big brown eyes, leads with curiosity, and in his heart just loves to play.
10.) Favorite Prevail memory?
Hmmm…I have a lot of Prevail memories. There have been fun ones like when the power went out and we provided appointments by candle light. There have been heart warming ones like our Christmas delivery days. There have been proud ones like watching clients bravely lean into new things like court or group. There have been hilarious ones like doing a scavenger hunt across Hamilton County as a staff. There have been astonished ones like the first night we offered sexual assault group for children or ran our first group at Agape Therapeutic Riding Center. Witnessing the growth and knowing I get to be apart of providing the best trauma-informed, victim advocacy work is so exhilarating.
11.) Favorite self-care practice? Long walks with Odle, daily journaling, connecting with my support system, traveling, reading, and challenging myself (I call it expanding the comfort zone).