One of our loyal volunteers here at FYI is Bonnie Luis, who is director of the FYI’s General Education Development (GED) project as part of our adult enrichment program. We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her better:
PREVIOUS BACKGROUND: Born and raised in Cleveland. Enlisted in the Air Force at age 19. Was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for five years. She is a trained orthopedic technician and worked in that capacity for eight years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base before moving on to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she has worked for 28 years. She started volunteering in Fairborn around 2009 as part of what is now the Parenting Network.
FUN FAMILY FACTS: “I love to go to bingo and do sudoku. I’m a ferocious reader. I love puzzles. I’m the treasurer the Crystal Lakes Property Owners Association and have been on the board for 28 years. I love my church. I’ve been married 37 years to a wonderful man and husband, Jay.”
PASSIONS: “Child advocacy is my passion. And even though I am working with adults, most of them are parents, so I’m able to impact both. I figure if God has more plans for me, He’ll point me in that direction.”
WHY DID YOU JOIN THE FYI TEAM? “The need was there. Our highest clientele is single women with children and we had no tutors, so I went back to school. I started back to school before it was required and took math. My husband asked me why and I said, ‘I don’t know. That’s what God wants me to do.’ Then the new requirements came out in 2014 and I already had what I needed to meet them. My official title is GED Director, but I’ll do anything that needs to be done. I have my own GED because when I went into the Air Force, I quit school. Then I had to go back and get my GED. So I know where they’re coming from. I can relate to where they are better.”
HOW DO YOU HOPE TO IMPACT THE FYI MISSION?: “Even if we get one student that gets their GED, that’s going to pull that one student out of poverty, and if they are a parent, that will pull the children out with them. You don’t have to impact the whole world, you just have to impact one life and let God do the rest.”