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Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Luna-Montes

We are excited to welcome Jacqueline to the team! As Senior Associations Manager, Jacqueline oversees program development, fosters member engagement, and serves as the link between committees. She also provides support in strategy, financial stability and membership growth.

But it's always fun to delve a little deeper with a Q&A. When asked about her new position, her career goals, what inspires her, and more, Jacqueline had this to say...

What are you most excited about in your new position?


I am thrilled to be part of the talented team here at Celtic. From my very first week, it became evident that this was the perfect fit for me. The atmosphere is vibrant, and people seem to enjoy being here. My colleagues have extensive knowledge and experience working with associations and the practices associated with association management. I firmly believe that working within a strong team and immersing oneself in a positive culture are not only crucial for personal success but also essential for the organization's overall well-being.


Furthermore, I take immense pride in continuing my journey within association management. Working for an association management company offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with professionals across various domains. It goes beyond limiting oneself to a singular aspect of association management. Over the years, I have had the privilege of contributing to governance, event planning, educational programming, and membership services. Being able to engage in all facets of association management allows me to glean insights from others and perpetually evolve.


What drew you to a career in associations?


Working closely with members, for members, to set industry standards, develop relevant educational initiatives, ensure patient and consumer safety, and provide a platform for those embarking on their careers, instilled in me a profound sense of purpose. It made me feel like an integral part of something greater than myself.


Can you describe what you do in just 5 words? 

Facilitate, Coordinate, Collaborate, Strategize, Communicate


If you didn’t have to work, what would you do with your time?


I would dedicate more time with my family outdoors, going to the museums, and hanging out at home or with our friends. I also enjoy sewing and quilting. It’s a fulfilling hobby that allows me to visualize the result and work through the process from beginning to end. Full disclosure, I am not a seamstress, so I do not hem pants or take in dresses.


 If you could have one week, anywhere in the world, where would you go? And why?


I would love to revisit Australia and bring my family along. I traveled there for a conference and stayed for a few days afterward, but it just wasn't enough time. Despite that, I was able to fulfill a dream I've had since sixth grade: holding a koala bear. The beach along the Gold Coast was amazing. It felt like a small piece of heaven graciously shared with us for our enjoyment.


Do you have a favorite motivational quote or movie/TV quote?


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

“Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?


In five years, I see myself having grown both personally and professionally. I envision myself in a role where I have expanded my skills and responsibilities, taking on new challenges. In ten years, I aim to be in a position where I am leading a team of association professionals managing several associations both domestic and international. Overall, I see myself on a fulfilling career path, continuously learning and evolving, while also enjoying a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in both my professional and personal life.


If you got to sit down at the dinner table with three people, past or present, who would they be?


I would like to sit with Queen Elizabeth to discuss her initial perspective on becoming the Queen of England at such a young age and how her perspective has changed over the years. Additionally, I would like to meet with Ruby Bridges to express my admiration for her incredible bravery and the significant impact she made as a little girl of only six years old. Lastly, I would love the chance to have dinner with Debbie Harry (Blondie) because I find her incredibly cool (I did meet her once but it was so brief and somewhat awkward).



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