We are thrilled to announce that we have a new Director of Education and Outreach starting this month at Cribs for Kids! When the position became available, our Executive Director Judy Bannon immediately knew that she wanted a nurse for the role. She also immediately knew that Devon George would be the perfect candidate. Devon spent the past nine years in nursing education serving most recently as the Director of Undergraduate Clinical Affairs at Duquesne University School of Nursing. The Director of Education and Outreach position oversees our National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. The goal of this vital program is to award recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education on infant sleep safety. By becoming certified, a hospital is demonstrating that it is committed to the mission of making babies as safe as possible in their sleep environments and eliminating as many sleep-related deaths as possible. Devon, with her background in nurse training and education and her larger than life personality, is truly the perfect fit to grow this program that means so much to our organization. We are so excited to welcome Devon into the Cribs for Kids family!
Welcome, Devon! Tell us a little about your background.
Personally, I am a wife of too many years to mention, and the mother of two young men whom I positively adore. We also regularly welcome furry family members, as well. Professionally, after fifteen or so years in sales and marketing in the media and technology fields, I went back to school to become a nurse.
Why are you excited to come work for Cribs for Kids?
There are lots of things personally and professionally exciting about joining this local team that supports an international effort. First, as a nurse and educator, it’s easy to see how Cribs for Kids speaks to the missions of both these roles— keeping babies safe by teaching and supporting caregivers. Second, it is always exciting to be on a team with expanding good works. Over 20 years, C4K has only moved in one direction– forward. That forward movement comes from the committed and innovative leadership– I can’t wait to be a part of this from the inside!
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
I’d like to do a little progressive party visiting Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, Dunder Mifflin Paper, and maybe the Jetson’s house.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?
I am an Olympic pitcher– of stuff, not balls. So, if cleaning out closets or drawers were a thing, and Marie Kondo wasn’t playing, I’d have a pretty good shot.
What are some small things that make your day better?
It doesn’t take much– finding five dollars in your pocket, getting a text from your kids that’s not asking for something, or hearing a song you forgot how much you loved.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
St. Petersburg, Russia. A fascinating couple of days with a guide.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
Oh, that’s a long list– let’s just go with stand up paddleboard and know that it goes from there. What I really do mean to get around to is a medical mission trip. There– I typed it– that will make it more likely to happen now.
What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?
Running through the clearance racks at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
If you could have an all-expenses-paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?
Well, that’s hard to choose– The Acropolis in Greece with my husband– that’s top on his list, so why not? Or Machu Picchu with our boys. Really, I’m good with either!
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?
Had to answer a phone not knowing who was calling, and that phone was attached to a wall. I mean, how did we ever get ANYTHING done like that?
What was one of the most interesting concerts you’ve been to?
Thanks to too many years in radio, I got to a lot of concerts. An Interesting one, though– David Byrne from the Talking Heads at Metropol. He did 9 costume changes on a tiny stage behind an even tinier curtain– all while singing his crazy great songs.
What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched?
Stranger Things 3! I’m so glad it was a long holiday weekend.
What qualities do all your friends have in common?
Kind– they are all just really very kind. And funny– that helps, too.
If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like in our city, what would you show them/have them do?
Drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnels, merge to the left on the bridge to get to the north shore for a tailgate for whatever is happening, take the gateway clipper back, to ride the incline to watch fireworks for whatever was happening on the Northshore! Or just watch “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”– that works, too.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
Money to Burn– I think that’s the only reason I’d ever have a boat!