HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.
This week, meet Lindsey Torres from Walsingham Academy.
What is your job title and description?
I am the Director of Advancement at Walsingham Academy. Walsingham Academy is a pre-K through 12 co-educational, Catholic-based independent school in Williamsburg. Because we are an independent school, we rely on private support to meet immediate and long-term needs and carry out our educational mission. I oversee the school’s fundraising program.
Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?
I work regularly with the president and administrative colleagues, advancement team colleagues (Events and Alumni Coordinator and Advancement Assistant), benefactors that include the aforementioned groups, Walsingham families, alumni and alumni families, various board and committee members, business leaders, and members of the greater Williamsburg community.
What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?
Advancement professionals tend to be incredibly supportive of others in the profession. We share ideas, successes and challenges, and samples of our work. It’s a blessing and joy to work in this profession with other mission-minded men and women.
How do you define success?
Every single person on the Walsingham Academy team — from the president to the teachers to maintenance staff to coaches, etc. — is ultimately focused on the well-being and spiritual and educational growth of the students entrusted to us. The beauty is that we’re all here for a common goal — excellence in the education of young people.
What is your most successful accomplishment to date?
In my career, it has and continues to be the tremendous privilege to help donors reach their philanthropic goals and make a difference by supporting something bigger than themselves. In my personal life, it is building a life I’m truly proud of.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Choose your battles.
How long have you lived in the greater Williamsburg/York area?
I’ve lived and worked in Williamsburg since 2010.
What is your favorite part of living here?
Hands down, the community. There are some incredible people in this community doing some amazing things! There’s always something to do and it’s a great place to raise a family.
What do you do for downtime/to relax?
I spend time with my husband, 10-year-old daughter, and parents. I love taking classes at Pure Barre; which is an inspiring and encouraging community in and of itself.
What is the next step in your journey?
Day at a time, trusting in God’s plan!
Do you want to learn more about your community and the people that live and work in the Historic Triangle? We are looking for people with interesting jobs, super volunteers, or community leaders to showcase. Reach out to let us know if you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for Ten Questions.