What brought you to The Child Center of NY?
This agency particularly impressed me with the level of service it provides its clients, and especially with its leadership team. In my 20-plus years in the nonprofit sector, I have come to the realization that my heart and passion is here, rather than in the for-profit world. During my initial meeting with Steve and Jaime, I learned that the organization not only had an excellent leadership team, but that the staff also pride themselves in providing the much-needed support to our clients and administrative support throughout the agency. This was later confirmed as I have begun to know my colleagues better, and I’m extremely proud to be among them. I already feel deeply embedded in The Child Center of NY and in ensuring its continued success.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
Many components provide the makeup of my day-to-day responsibilities. First and foremost: I attempt to ensure that the accounting team is provided with adequate support and any assistance needed; ensure that we meet outside funder requirements; and support the program staff with any guidance and/or resources needed.
What do you foresee to be your biggest challenges and/or do you have a “vision” for changes you’d like to see made, related to your particular role, agency-wide?
My vision is to ensure that each program is provided with continuing support involving their finances. If we open the lines of communication, I believe we will be able to bridge the gap between programs and finance. This will require adequate training to assure they understand allowable and unallowable costs. In addition, I would also love to share the Uniform Guidance so that programs are provided with the Federal requirements involving their funding sources.
How would your friends and family describe you?
I am a fun and loving person who will always be open and honest. A quote my grandmother would say “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” This wise verse has helped me to better communicate with any type of person. My grandmother was a woman who believed in family values, who made sure that every one of her grand- and great grandchildren was respectful, open, and honest. Children are our future — instilling those morals and values in us will make the world a better place. That’s another reason I feel at home working here; our mission is close to my heart.