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About ScrippsAssists™

Mission Statement

To be leaders in creating and sustaining focused corporate volunteer activities that build a stronger, more productive, and caring community and enhance employees' personal and professional growth.


ScrippsAssists™ seeks to provide volunteer opportunities that match the skills and interests of members and encourage their participation in group activities.


  • To improve the quality of life for the people of San Diego County
  • To demonstrate concern for the community reflective of TSRI values
  • To enhance employee morale by building a sense of teamwork through volunteer service

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Committee Members & Project Leads

Wendy Havran (, Professor, Immunology and Microbial Science, Committee Co-Advisor

Beth Ford (, Sr. Director, Animal Resources, Committee Co-Advisor

Amanda Roberts (, Associate Professor of Molecular Neurosciences, Committee Co-Advisor

Mishelle McClanahan-Shinn (, Committee Chair & Treasurer, Project Lead for Annual Craft Fair, Back-to-School Backpack Drive and San Diego Food Bank monthly service project and special events

Dee Huang (, Director, NMR Facility, Project Lead for Torrey Pines State Reserve Monthly Trail Maintenance & Lagoon Restoration Projects

Sohyon Lee (, Project Lead for San Diego Blood Bank off-campus events

Tanya Gresham (, Project lead for San Diego Humane Society events

Jess Gruttadauria (, Project Lead for Annual Home Start Adopt-a-Family & Toy Drive Campaigns, ElderHelp events and National MS Society events

Yvette Defreece Gibson (, Project Lead for Alzheimer's San Diego outreach and events

Kevin Adam (, Project Lead for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events, ScrippsAssists webmaster

John Lin (, Project Lead for Epilepsy Foundation events

Marta Perego (, Project Lead for St. Vincent de Paul’s Sunday Lunch Monthly Service Project

Leslie Madden (, Project Lead for on-campus San Diego Blood Bank Drives


... In need..., New project Lead to take over the on-campus San Diego Blood Bank Drives


Committee Meetings

Currently the Committee meets at Noon-1pm on the third Thursday of the month in the BCC3 - Keck Foundation Conference Room (3rd floor) in the Beckman Building. If you are interested in attending, please email us at

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Leadership Opportunities


  • 1 year – 9 months plus 3 month overlap
  • Transitions in February and October (outside of summer and holiday season)

Project Development & Project Lead Support

  • Assisting new project leads in getting their project launched
  • Provide support, ideas, suggestions and guidelines
  • Answer questions

TSRI Membership Development & Outreach

  • Working with Communication Department on articles
  • Generating ideas and events for connecting with the TSRI population
  • Updating upcoming events calendar

New Hire Membership Development & Outreach

  • Working with HR and/or attending New hire orientation to present ScrippsAssists™
  • Create a 90-day welcome event
  • Sending an email welcome and invitation to participate
  • Follow up at 90+75 days and at 1 year (or some other time line)

Volunteer Participation Management

  • Maintain participation records from Project leads (monthly)
  • Luncheon project committee (awards, certificates, location, invites, food, etc.)
  • Create luncheon event (invites, food, speakers, etc.)

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