Get to Know Us: Rachel Ayotte & Lauren Beimler


We are thrilled to welcome TWO new staff members to Expect Miracles Foundation. Rachel Ayotte, Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator, and Lauren Beimler, Events and Design Assistant, joined our team this week and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to kick off our new “Get To Know Us” blog series!


Q: Tell us a little about yourselves and your backgrounds. What brought you to Expect Miracles Foundation?


RA: After graduating with a Journalism and Sociology degree from UMASS Amherst, I knew I wanted to combine my passion for people with my love of prose. I started out my career in book publishing at Penguin Random House where I worked in the editorial department of a nonfiction imprint. My work focused on motivational/inspirational self-help books, authored by the most awe-inspiring people – their work touched so many, including myself. From there I decided to pursue nonprofit work in order to play a more direct role in advocacy and storytelling, specifically on the subject of cancer. I can’t wait to jump in with EMF, to help share stories and make a positive impact on those impacted by cancer.


LB: I grew up in Foxboro, MA with my parents, brother and my cats, Chloe and Gracie. I recently graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in Business Management and Communications. With my brother’s experience participating on the YPEM Leadership Team, I was able to see the life-changing effects that this foundation has on so many people first-hand. I came across the Events and Design position online and I instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of this foundation’s groundbreaking efforts.


Q: What are you most looking forward to in your new role?


RA: I’m incredibly eager to spend time listening to the stories of cancer patients, survivors, and their networks – from patients to families and friends. I’m excited to listen deeply and learn, cultivate greater empathy in our communities, and represent EMF to the best of my ability.


LB: I am looking forward to creating innovative events for YPEM, as well as networking with others to spread awareness and raise funds to further our mission.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and why?


RA: Growing up my father always reminded me that no task is too small for my greatest efforts. Throughout my life this advice has guided me through professional pursuits, personal ones, and most everything in between. His words have pushed me to take pride in everything I do and to encourage others to do the same.


LB: I was once told to simply “enjoy the journey.” It is always exciting to have things to look forward to, but sometimes we can get lost in that anticipation and forget to enjoy all the things that happen in the meantime. We are only on this earth for a short period of time, so it is important to make every second count rather than wasting the time leading up to our big events.


Q: Who inspires you and why?


RA: I am inspired by all of the women that have come before me – generations of Richstone/Rangell women (my maternal lineage) that have inspired me to grow, excel, and most importantly, taught me to love deeply, and without restraint.


LB: My brother, Max, inspires me. He is such a kind, hardworking, and fun person who has fought through so many hardships. I know that if he can get through all of the things he has been through, I can persevere to reach my goals.


Q: What gives you hope?


RA: The notion of empathy gives me hope – it is one of the greatest tools for unity and understanding.


LB: When I see how many people share my beliefs and my urge to make a difference, it makes me hopeful for our future. When I am able to share ideals and thoughts with people who also want to make a positive impact on our world, I am reminded that our goals are not as far away as they may seem.


Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?


RA: I have always been an avid reader but most people don’t know that I set reading goals for myself every year. In the past year I read 50 books and am hoping to increase that goal this year to 60.


LB: One thing most people don’t know about me is that I would gladly eat breakfast foods for every meal of the day. There is never a bad time for waffles!


Welcome, Rachel and Lauren, and thank you for bringing your passion, perspectives, and eagerness to make a difference at Team Expect Miracles. We’re so excited to partner together in our commitment to care, and in our pursuit of hope.

Stay tuned for more staff updates from our “Get To Know Us” blog series!

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