PEP Profile: Wordsmith Extraordinaire, Sean O’Donnell

Sean O’Donnell is a talented associate creative director at PEP. He can always be counted on for his ability to wordsmith anything! Read on to learn more about Sean, and you’ll quickly see why he’s a revered member of the PEP team.

What do you find rewarding about working at PEP? Do you have a memorable story you can share?
The most rewarding part about working at PEP is being welcomed into the homes and the lives of the people we are ultimately helping. Listening to their stories about life with a rare or complex disease has given me a new appreciation for the struggles these families face and how they persevere against so many odds.

There are many memorable moments of working with families, but it’s my own family that has provided me with one moment that stands out. Every year, PEP hosts a Rare Disease Night at a local movie theater, and short films are presented about a variety of rare diseases. It’s an event my family attends that gives them a chance to see and meet the people we help. One year, when we got home from the event and were getting ready for bed, my 8-year-old son said good night and then whispered, “Daddy, I’m so happy you’re helping those sick children.” It’s those moments that make me realize our work makes an impact near and far.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve been given is “Finish what you’ve started.”

What is your personal mantra in life?
My personal mantra is “Do your best.”

Do you have any secret skills or talents?
I make a chili that you’d die for. Seriously.

Describe how you like to spend time outside of work.
My hobbies include dragging our kids on hikes in the Adirondacks, trying to master the multiple power tools lying around our house, and cheering at our kids’ basketball and lacrosse games to the embarrassment of them.