By Abigail Gonsalves, OD
Get inspired and learn a little bit more about your fellow VOSH-Illinois volunteers.
This month we are talking to Natalie Venezia
Ms. Venezia is a retired attorney and was a partner with a law firm in San Diego, California. Ms. Venezia obtained her JD from the University of San Diego in San Diego, California and her BS degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Venezia also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The University of San Diego and a Certificate in the Spanish Language from University of California (Ext), San Diego.
Community service and volunteerism have always played an important role in Ms. Venezia’s personal and professional life. Since 2001, Ms. Venezia has led or participated in about 30 international and local VOSH Clinic trips with VOSH-Illinois and other VOSH chapters. Since May 2007, Ms. Venezia has served as a member of the VOSH/International Board, as Board Secretary, as Board Administrator, and as the Executive Director (2013-2018). Ms. Venezia continues to serve VOSH as the Chair of the Website Development Committee. Since 2002, Ms. Venezia has also led or participated in medical missions for Operation Rainbow, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free reconstructive surgery for children with cleft deformities. She lives in Del Mar, California, but has been a member of VOSH-IL for 20 years.
“No one goes on two VOSH trips. You either go on your first one, learn it’s not for you and that’s it. Or you just keep on going on VOSH trips! That’s what happened to me.“