AHVRP Member Spotlight
|Mandy Guest, M.A., CAVS
Director of Volunteer Services and Gift Shop
Houston Methodist Hospital
We’re doing something a little different this month. As you can see, Mandy is from Texas, site of the 51st Annual AHVRP Conference & Exposition. She was gracious enough to take the time as our featured member to welcome everyone.
Welcome to Texas! I recently read that over a thousand people move to the Lone Star State every day, which doesn’t surprise me! We are the home state of four U.S. Presidents, as well as several celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey. We are also proud to be home to the first (and largest!) Whataburger (you better try one if you haven’t had one yet). From our big hair to our big trucks, it is true what they say – everything is bigger in Texas. For those of you traveling from other states across the country, make sure to try our barbeques, tacos, great music and soak in the hot weather! Which brings me to the next point: while we are the home of many, many beers that make our hot afternoons more bearable, the margarita is the unofficial drink of Texas. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that we are not only unique in our Texan spirit, but also serve as a melting point of all cultures, backgrounds, ethnicities. Come prepared to meet people from all walks of life!
I am excited to have AHVRP hosted in Texas, and I know that our diverse culture of warmth and hospitality will be reflected in the spirit of this year’s presenters and attendees. AHVRP is not only an opportunity to showcase your program and all your accomplishments, but it is also an avenue and forum for sharing ideas and learning from other programs. As you all know, Concurrent Session Submissions are open and I strongly encourage you to consider presenting. As a past presenter, I was amazed at the interest amongst small and large hospitals in our programs and approaches to challenges. Little did I know, we’re all fighting the same battles! The AHRVP community is an incredible forum for generating ideas, feeding off of one another’s’ comments and learning from others’ mistakes. Your presentation will not only be a tremendous help to other programs across the nation, but it will also help your program grow. Through the questions alone, you will be prompted to explore paths and ideas you never would have considered! I compel you to think about your program, your challenges & successes, and take this opportunity to share your experiences at the conference.
I look forward to learning more about your work!
P.S. I pulled a few Texan slang words from the Texas Monthly that you may encounter during your visit:
might could v. A better way of saying “might be able,” as in “We might could go to the football game.”
feeder road n. Any freeway access road in Houston, though the uninitiated might think this is the longest road in the entire city and the one with the most congestion and accidents.
fixin’ to v. To prepare oneself to perform a task, as in “She’s fixin’ to study law at the University of Texas at Austin.”
coke n. A generic term for a soft drink. If you ask for a “coke” at a restaurant, you will be asked, “What kind?” See also: Dr Pepper
y’all n. used in place of you all or you guys ALWAYS
howdy n. common greeting among Texans meaning “how do you do?”
uh huh n. Yes
right quick n. used in place of quickly