Susan Policastro
 
Who am I?
I have called Cincinnati home for almost 30 years, arriving as a newlywed in 1986 (husband Steve is a career long P&G employee). We settled first in Mt. Adams, then Anderson, and, after a short excursion to Sacramento, returned in 1995 to our current home in Loveland.  My extremely brief professional life entailed a year at the Federal Reserve Board in DC followed by about 3 years in the Trust department at Fifth Third Bank here in Cincinnati. My real “career” of about 27 years has been the full-time raising of our 4 kids, now aged 29-19.  I consider myself “retired” as the oldest 3 are happily employed college graduates and the youngest is a junior at the University of Vermont. I enjoy golf, tennis, skiing, biking, reading, and knitting.

What made me want to join Impact 100?
As I saw “retirement ” on the horizon , I knew I would want to increase my volunteering and I joined in 2010 as my oldest went off to college. Impact 100 was the perfect way to learn about all the amazing nonprofits and volunteer opportunities in our area. I currently consider myself a “professional volunteer” dividing my time among several organizations.  Impact 100 has also been a great way to widen my horizons beyond the Loveland community and get to know women from other parts of the city.

What keeps me a member of Impact?
While obviously supporting the deserving, inspiring nonprofits in my hometown is reason enough to remain a member, my involvement with the grant review committees and the feeling that I am in some small way personally contributing is what really keeps me coming back. Also, with my mother, sisters, and daughters all unfortunately living out-of-town, Impact 100 membership offers me some wonderful surrogates and I find my interaction with these dynamic, interesting women of all ages to be uplifting and refreshing.