I first started at the Center as a volunteer to give back to the LGBT community. The environment was so supportive that I soon applied for a staff job.
It has meant a lot to be able to come to work and not worry about people judging or unaccepting. I have been able to bring my own life experiences to the job, and it has made me a better employee.
The Facilities team that I am a part of is always ready to handle whatever we need to do in order to keep the Center moving forward. But, I think we move at such a fast pace; we sometimes miss the human part of this experience.
Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, I have learned that I am not as much of an introvert as I thought. I have made more of an effort to say hello or have a conversation with clients and colleagues.
The clients we serve have always been the inspiration that drives me. We do not always get to see the end result of our work as it pertains to our clients. But in these times, I have witnessed a huge amount of gratitude from them — that we have not abandoned them and are in this fight with them.
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Year Started Working at Center: 2005
Staff Position: Technical Manager Facilities department