Alumni Profile: Sabrina (Hicks) Prill '96
Co-Founder & CFO
Chelsea Hicks Foundation
What are you doing now?
I am the co-founder and CFO of a children's cancer charity that focuses on therapeutic play for seriously ill children called the Chelsea Hicks Foundation. Founded in 2009, we started the charity in honor of my niece who died from cancer at the age of 5. Our program, Chelsea's Closet brings hope and healing to seriously ill children in local hospitals through costumes and imaginative play. We serve over 2,000 seriously ill children and their families from all over the state of Oregon each year at Doernbecher and Randall Children's Hospitals. Our warehouse in Tigard has over 3,000 costumes, crafts and accessories.
Tell us about yourself.
I married my Linfield boyfriend, Bob Prill '95, after college, and we now live in Sherwood. We have three amazing daughters, an energetic chocolate lab and three goats. I am incredibly lucky to have a career that I am passionate about and have the flexibility to balance career and family life. I love running, reading, family trips to the beach, camping and visiting the local growler houses.
How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
I went to Linfield with the intention of pursuing a career in physical therapy. I received a solid foundation in biological sciences and learned the intricacies of how the human body works. In addition, the liberal arts degree gave me knowledge in abnormal psychology, religion and the ability to adapt to those around me. This is an imperative skill in my career- when working with hospital families from every socioeconomic, social and cultural background that you can imagine, it's essential to meet them in their circumstances and support them through their life struggle. After graduation, I realized science was everywhere and so was business. I graduated with my MBA from Portland State University in 2002.
Linfield not only gave me an excellent education but the friendships I formed are priceless. Some of my best friends are from college. When we founded CHF in 2009, six of our founding board members were Linfield alumni from various graduation years. We surrounded ourselves with brilliantly ambitious, bold and hard-working experts in their own fields. Over 8 years, Linfield alumni and current Linfield students through volunteer clubs, have helped CHF grow from serving 200 seriously ill children in 2009 to over 2,000 annually. These connections are priceless and it all started while on campus at Linfield College.