Bailey Faulkner spent her childhood summers at an all-girls camp in Texas; little did she know, that experience would evolve into a full-blown career. In 2012, Faulkner became the executive director of the Ozark Mission Project, a nonprofit that hosts summer mission camps to serve people across Arkansas. For Faulkner, volunteer work is a family affair – literally. Though her daughter, Sydney, still has another year before she can stay overnight at camp, she’s attended meetings, fundraisers and mission trips, and she even pitches in around the office, stuffing envelopes and organizing supplies.

 

What is a typical day like for you?

It really depends on the time of year. I could spend the morning writing a grant and the afternoon visiting jobsites. Our teams work on various projects, including painting houses, building wheelchair ramps and porches and assisting with storm cleanup. This time of year, most of my evenings are at the softball field watching my husband, Will, help coach our daughter’s softball team.

 

How did your upbringing influence your parenting style?

My mom, Nancy Newcomb, was a nonprofit executive director, and I remember thinking to myself I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. During my childhood, she was the executive director at the March of Dimes and the Stephens YWCA. Every day after school, I’d go to the Y and visit with the senior citizens. At the time, I didn’t have the best attitude about spending my time that way. Now, I appreciate the life skills those visits taught me, and I get to see firsthand the importance of intergenerational communication through OMP.

 

What other “moms” or mother figures in your life do you look up to?

Other than my mom, my mother-in-law is my role model. Ceile lives out what it means to be a servant leader. Her love for our family, friends, church and the world is contagious. She makes everyone feel as if they’re her best friend, and honestly, they are. She’s compassionate, humble and one of the strongest people I know.

 

What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?  

Don’t try to be like someone else; be you! It’s OK if you’re not the best cook or the most creative. The most important gift we can give our children and others is for them to know they’re loved.

 

What is your favorite part of being a mom?

My favorite part about being a mom is all that I learn from our daughter. I am a better person because of her.

 

Occupation:

Executive Director, Ozark Mission Project

 

Education:

Arkansas State University

Mount St. Mary

 

Children:

Sydney (11)

 

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