Member Spotlight

Meet Mary Zieten!

Meet (and friend!) Community Ninja, Mary Zieten, with Canterbury School.
Meet Mary Zieten!

This week's member spotlight shines on Online Express, Raiser's Edge, RENXT, BBMS, Financial Edge, FENXT, and K-12 ON Products user, Mary Zieten with Canterbury School.

Mary Zieten's Community Profile


Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "It's just me, my hubby, and 5 cats!  2 naked cats (aka Sphynx), 1 furry bobtail cat, 1 munchkin cat, and 1 super floofy British Shorthair/Devon Rex cross."

Where do you live? "Cape Coral, Florida."

What do you like to do for fun? "For fun, I read, I game (that would be mostly video games), and geek out about sci-fi and fantasy shows/movies!"

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I bought a house!  It took longer than average, but hubby and I finally got to a point where we could buy a place to call our own!  It comes with its own challenges and headaches, but it's something I'm super proud of."
What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Christmas at my Grandparents' house.  It was always a huge family affair, with 9 aunts and and uncles, and all their children, it was always rowdy and noisy and fun.  There were foods we only got there, and the stockings were AMAZING!  The excitement of sitting on the stairs with all the cousins until we were released to see the presents.  Suffering through the pictures parents wanted to take until then."

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "Interesting fact?  I was born at home, and didn't have a birth certificate until I was 15!"

What are three things on your bucket list? "Visiting Ireland, Visiting Japan, Visiting Norway."
Tell us about your organization: "We are a private independent PK3-12 School.  We have approximately 650 students currently.  Our baseball team have been state champs for the last 3 years!"

What’s a typical day like for you? "Typical?  What is this typical you speak of?  I wear many hats, so the only constant from day to day is that the plan I had in place when I arrive in the morning will be out the window about 5 minutes after I walk in the door. I alternate between Advancement, Business and Admissions, and they all have their own demands, and their own up and down times.  It's never boring, that's for sure!"

What’s the best part of your job? "I'm discovering just how much I love pulling data out of databases!  It's challenging, and it's fun!  I knew I liked data entry, but had no idea that pulling the data out after it was done would thrill me so much."
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Breathe.  You will get a lot of things thrown at you very quickly.  And never let perfect get in the way of good.  You're better off with a decent product, and less stress, than a perfect project, and no hair."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "It's great to be able to interact with other users, and find out how they're solving problems, and it's great to know that the developers are reading and responding!"
Finally, if you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be? "If I were a sandwich, I would be a peanut butter, mayonnaise, banana and bacon sandwich! Tangy, sweet, salty, and not for everyone."
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Sep 5, 2018 10:13 AM America/New_York

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Mary Zieten‍ LOVE your cats!
  • Posted Wed 05 Sep 2018 01:17 PM EDT
Thanks!  They're my babies!
  • Posted Wed 05 Sep 2018 02:22 PM EDT
Great job on the profile, Mary!  Nice to get to know you better.  :-)
  • Posted Mon 10 Sep 2018 01:01 PM EDT
One heck of a sandwich!
  • Posted Mon 10 Sep 2018 04:48 PM EDT
Great to learn more about you Mary!  I'd like to try that sandwich, but I'd like the mayo on the side please! ;)
  • Posted Tue 11 Sep 2018 08:57 AM EDT
Hi Mary! Great to know more about you.
  • Posted Tue 11 Sep 2018 09:27 AM EDT
Hi Mary, I enjoyed your profile. Hurray for the Canterbury baseball team & congrats on your house!
  • Posted Fri 14 Sep 2018 02:15 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing!
  • Posted Wed 10 Jul 2019 11:51 AM EDT