Roxane DeVos Tyssen
Account Executive and Events Specialist
Roxane comes to VPG with a BA in Government Administration from DePaul University and has an extensive background that includes executive administration, project management, event management, fundraising, membership management, grant and proposal research and writing, and more. Roxane is a hard-working, detail-orientated administrative professional and due to her extensive experience in various nonprofit departments including managing events for international and local organizations, she has the capacity to serve VPG client-partners well as an Account Executive. She brings energy and productivity that allows her to effectively accomplish goals and achieve the desired results.
For ten years she served as a board member for the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Chicago, while in this capacity she also chaired the Development Committee and served as Board Secretary. Her history of working with and for nonprofits includes organizations such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois Policy Institute, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and North Eastern Illinois Norwegian Elkhound Association.
What is your motto/favorite quote? “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.” — Albert Schweitzer
When you’re not at VPG, you’re…? In my personal time you can often find me working with one of several organizations I volunteer for, however in the summer months I do my best to spend as much time as I can outside in the garden. I enjoy traveling and have many friends and family members throughout the country, in Canada, and in Germany that I like to visit when I can.
If you could choose one person to meet (dead or alive) who would it be? My dad’s parents, especially my grandfather. My dad, aunt’s, uncle’s, and my older cousins have all told me that he was a good man. He and his wife raised 16 children, and spent time with their grandchildren. I would love to have known both of them.
What do you want to be when you grow up? My ideal vocation would be one that would tie together not only my educational and professional backgrounds, but would also include my passion for volunteering in some capacity. While I am still seeking something that would fall into that niche, I am hopeful that I will eventually find it.
Upon retirement, I have given great consideration to buying an RV and becoming a docent at the country’s national parks.
Greatest achievement? I believe that my greatest achievement is that I live life daily trying to bring joy to people in unexpected ways. Whether it be a joke, being there for friends and family when they are in need, or just plain being nice to people and performing random acts of kindness, as long as the end results in making someone’s day, even if it’s just a little bit, brighter is something I consider a great achievement.