Employee Spotlight – Nell De Mattia

Nell Spotlight

This Employee Spotlight is on Nell De Mattia. Nell is the Director of Operations at CU Engage, and describes her position as having the “distinct privilege of translating the grand vision into strategic objectives, planning the tactical approach and working with experts dedicated to conquering mountains so our team, our clients, and our partners know what to expect and can see the best in us.” CU Engage has had the distinct privilege of having Nell with us for 424 days (as of December 21st).

The best person to help you get to know Nell is none-other than Nell herself! Here is what she has to say:

“Who I am, really is how I live in the moment. If it’s Sunday, they know we’re coming. After we get our worship on, the De Mattia Family loads up the little red wagon with a cooler, a dog, and some recycled grocery bags to walk to the local market. First stop is always the dog bakery for homemade cookies for Guinness, Barley, and Rye. Our vendor friends wait for us to pick up 2 balls of fresh mozzarella for Craig’s Sunday night Gourmet Pizza, 2 bags of pasta from Basil (who is a dog), 5 bags of vegetables, whatever looks good, and at least two stories from the veggie man who knows peace even if he’s hard to understand. The fish lady has our 2lbs of shrimp bagged in ice while the Goat girl lets us pet her baby goats while we exchange last week’s egg cartons with her mom. We save the cannoli lady for last because she gives us the leftover mascarpone to take home. Last stop, and sometimes first, is Ms. Mari who sells tinctures with her friend but is also our Drama/ Voice coach. Without fail, she approaches Eillen in a boisterous northern accent—well, aren’t you that famous ukulele player?! A few show tunes later and we’re on our way. We round out the day, with brunch at the Magical Meat Boutique where whoever passes by lets us know that they will go get Julie, our favorite server, for us. On the best days, John Babcock is covering the Beatles and Dylan, the bandanaed server has a few extra minutes to discuss Gems, Rocks and Fossils with Jack.”

If that made you as hungry as it made me, grab a snack and read on to learn more about Nell!

Q & A with Nell

Q: What names do you go by?                                                                                                                A: Nell Prickett DeMattia, Mommy, Momma, BesFrien

Q: How did you come to work at CU Engage?                                                                                     A: It was a dark and stormy night…

Q: What do you enjoy most about working here?                                                                                A: Witnessing the amalgamation of experience, ideas, strategy, determination, and growth.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside the office?                                                                        A: Embracing small-town life, seeking soulful peace, making moments into memories.

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: That depends. Did you give me a full glass and I drank half of it, or did you only fill it half-way?

Q: What is one thing about you few people know?                                                                             A: Grace.

Q: What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                      A: People eating gross things on a dare.

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                             A: May 9, Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                     A: Making a lasting and meaningful difference.

Q: What is the best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                            A: Narrowed down to The Plaza at Daytona, South Dakota Dino Dig at Toothdraw Canyon, and the Farmhouse.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                    A: Baby Dear.

Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?                                                                A: When I read the Amazon reviews for Sugar-Free Haribo Gummy Bears… bet you do too!

Q: Where is your hometown?  Where are you now?  If different, what brought you there?            A: Home is where the heart is. Military families have homes, not hometowns.

Q: You are happiest when…?:                                                                                                                    A: The sun comes up on Saturday morning and I have the whole day ahead of me to make my people smile.

Q: What is your favorite thing or place in the city you live in?                                                             A: Alexander Street.

Q: What would the title of your autobiography be?                                                                              A: “If They Knew”

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                          A: Enabling others to learn, grow, and be fulfilled in their work.

Q: Top three life highlights:                                                                                                                        A: Unconditional love, recognizing, and being grateful for blessings, each opportunity for one more day.

Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer?                                                                                                           A: I’m the plate.

Q: What is something funny that happened to you recently?                                                             A: There was this one time… in band camp…

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?                                                                                                  A: Don’t kiss your honey, when your nose is runny. You may think it’s funny. … but it snot.