Pride Month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s and their impact on our patients, families and organization. Gift officer Waleska Lozada and Funds Manager Todd Fullwood, a dynamic duo who are part of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation team, share some reflections on the meaning of Pride Month and the joy of working at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.
Tell us about your role at the hospital.
Waleska: I have been here for almost 12 years, the first two in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where each day the staff help all kinds of families at a difficult time in their lives. As part of the Foundation, I work with local companies and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) national partners to raise funds and awareness to help us improve kids’ health.
Todd: I’ve been at the Foundation for six years. As funds manager, I focus on the Foundation’s accounting needs and how we can assist our institutes and programs in using the money we have raised from generous donors. It is very rewarding to know that services we support help give our patients a healthier future.
What brings you joy in your work?
Waleska: Johns Hopkins All Children’s is a special place where science, compassion and love all intersect. It is a place where families find hope and healing. I am truly a part of creating healthy tomorrows! In my role, I get to hear about the impact our care and fundraising makes on the patients and families we serve.
Todd: It is wonderful to be surrounded by talented employees who have so much compassion for our patients. This applies to the staff at our outreach centers too. I’m also proud to work at an organization that celebrates Pride month and is always supportive of their LGBTQ+ employees.
What does Pride Month mean to you?
Waleska: Pride Month means we celebrate our authentic self and we celebrate love! It’s a reminder that all families are different and that family is what matters. It’s a reminder of marriage equality and that love always wins. I am lucky to be accepted in our workplace — other workplaces may not be welcoming. This month is also a time that we can promise others a more inclusive future and make them brave to be themselves.
Todd: This month is a time to celebrate diversity and remember the hard work and struggle by those within the LGBTQ+ community who got us to where we are today. Though there is still work to be done within our country and the rest of the world, but I’m hopeful that one day all people will be able to celebrate who they are without fear.