Making a Difference – Sienna Daniel

September 12, 2017

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is one question we all have been asked at some point in our lives. For Sienna Daniel, the current State Director of After-School All-Stars Ohio, her answer came to her after a journey that started in medicine and landed in the world of non-profits.

 

Sienna is a graduate of Bexley High School (’95). Her parents and her sister moved to Bexley when she was in 2nd grade. Reflecting on her time there, she is grateful for the incredible education she received, the dedicated teachers she had, and the availability of creative outlets both during and after school. As a result, her transition to college was seamless.

 

During her post-secondary studies, she started out on a path in medicine, but discovered it wasn’t the right field for her. She knew she wanted to help people, but not through medicine. She went on to get her MBA from the OSU Fisher College of Business. After two years in corporate management, and feeling completely unfulfilled, she joined Teach for America in Houston, TX. “It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life, and it set me on the right path for my career and my life,” shared Ms. Daniel. “I knew that I wanted to “marry” my passion for serving at-risk youth with my love for business.”

 

Sienna returned to Columbus, and soon found herself working for After-School All-Stars [ASAS], a non-profit organization that provides free, comprehensive after-school programs for children in underserved communities. “I don’t think I fully appreciated the need for quality after-school programs, or the value these programs bring to a community until I started working in this space,” said Ms. Daniel. “We serve over 800 kids that often have nowhere safe to go after school, and the opportunities I received as a child do not exist without programs like ASAS.”

 

Sienna is married to her husband, Jacob (teacher and Head Basketball Coach at his alma mater, St. Charles Preparatory HS). They also have a four year old son, McClain. To learn more about After-School All-Stars Ohio, go to www.asasohio.org.