CoachArt Spotlight: Senior Program Manager Lizzie Neff
CoachArt Spotlight: Meet our Senior Program Manager, Lizzie Neff!
In honor of #Inktober, when participating artists create and post a daily ink drawing, we’re profiling CoachArt Senior Program Manager Lizzie Neff, who participated last year by hand-drawing doodles that represented each in-home lesson match between CoachArt volunteers and families during October. Watch the brief video to see some of Lizzie’s creations!
Celebrating Student/Volunteer Matches During Inktober with Art by Lizzie Neff
Lizzie joined the CoachArt community in Los Angeles as a volunteer in the summer of 2017. On the morning of our 5k Field Day Run/Walk event in Griffith Park, she led participants in stretching exercises. Her son Julius became a Junior Volunteer (youth ages 14-17), and they teamed up with Lizzie’s best friend Ola to lead a Chakra Yoga Club at the CoachArt office in Koreatown.
She then moved to Pune, India for a journey of yoga and meditation, which remain her passions. When she returned to the U.S. she reconnected with CoachArt. When an opportunity to join the staff as Northwest LA Program Manager became available, she applied and was hired. Today, as Senior Program Manager, she’s responsible for welcoming, overseeing, and serving about 1,700 (and growing) families and volunteers in the greater Los Angeles area and making sure they get the most out of our online matching platform, CoachArt Connect.
We recently asked her about her experience with CoachArt and her other interests.
CoachArt: In addition to your staff work, you’ve been contributing your time and talent to in-home lessons with CoachArt students. Tell us about the kids you’ve worked with.
Lizzie: “I first met Cameron at a CoachArt Comedy Club we organized at ComedySportz, and I’ve had the honor to watch him blossom as an up-and-coming filmmaker. I encouraged him as he wrote and directed a film with the guidance of a volunteer CoachArt coach I hand-selected just for him.
“Cameron teamed up with another one of my students, Marissa, to co-host the 2018 CoachArt Gala of Champions with guidance from Danny Ricker, the lead comedic writer for The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
“I’ve done in-home lessons with Marissa and her two sisters, Mallory and Mahrynn.”
Watch the video below about Marissa and her family, including Lizzie’s animation lessons with the girls.
“Coaching Darielle, an accomplished young Los Angeles actress and CoachArt student, to lead a guided meditation at the 2019 Gala was a huge honor and one of my favorite experiences. Knowing that our donors, sponsors, and community would all be able to partake in a moment of fresh air that I’d helped facilitate was one of my happiest accomplishments yet.” (Darielle co-hosted the 2019 Gala with Ricker).
CoachArt: You recently led a meditation for a TV program — tell us about that?
Lizzie: “I’ve recently been shifting my interest and intentions towards television. I led a group of more than 30 volunteers, families, and students, whom we’d recruited within 48 hours, in a meditation at Spiritual Glamper’s Malibu mountaintop that was filmed for an episode of ‘Making Good’ on BYUtv.”
Lizzie’s mountaintop meditation session is scheduled to be featured on Season 2, Episode 2 of BYUtv’s “Making Good.”
CoachArt: What are you up to outside of CoachArt?
Lizzie: “I’ve been expanding my community yoga and meditation classes in Malibu, Ventura, and the San Fernando Valley with a newly-evolving residency at Malibu Meditations beachside off PCH. I’m also honored to continue to lead sessions at Destinations to Recovery, local teen rehabilitation centers for youth overcoming trauma, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies, and mental illness.”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
Ways to Help
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.