How did you first get involved with Bost, and what sparked that interest? My sister and her best friend worked for Bost and I really liked what they were doing so I applied and I started working at Bost in 1997 as a secretary in the Waiver department and have been here for 25 years.
What does your job entail? Well….what doesn’t it entail. I am currently a program assistant for the Childrens Services department (74th Street & Dardanelle). I have done everything from direct care with Waiver and Childrens to planning events for the consumers. I have worked one on one with consumers, ridden the vans, worked as a CDA in the classrooms, changed diapers, wiped faces, cooked in the kitchens, served meals, washed dishes, been the safety committee person, answered phones, taken out the trash and been the janitor at every location I have worked. I guess you could say I have done a little bit of everything and I am not afraid to jump in if someone needs help.
What has surprised you most about working with Bost? There is never a dull moment at my job and that Bost wants what is best for our consumers, whether they are 0 or 100.
What do you hope will be different about the world we live in as a result of what you do here? I just want to make a difference every day for the people we serve. If we all do our best then there is no way for it not to be a better world.
Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of? Staying at the same job for 25 years and still loving it.
What do you think other people should know about Bost? Bost is a great company/community that strives everyday to do our best for our consumers. I have seen the great accomplishments from our children to our adults. We work each day to assist them with their daily living skills, education and life goals to socialization. Sometimes the consumers school me on a few things too. I don’t think I would have been here 25 years if I did not believe in what we do.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far? Don’t panic. Things always work out if you do your best at whatever you are doing and keep a positive attitude.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? Trauma/Surgical Nurse or EMT.
Before working at Bost, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Bost has been my most unusual and interesting job (depending on the day).
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13? Relax and enjoy your life. Don’t let sweat the small stuff.
Three words to best describe you: Loving, Hard-working, Blessed.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working? Spending time with my son, family, friends and pets. Reading, watching movies, swimming and I love being at the beach.
What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know? I live in the same house that I was brought home from the hospital to when I was born – 51 years. Never moved once.
Where’s your favorite place in the world? On any beach
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Probably my grandmother on my mother’s side and my grandfather on my father’s side because I never got to meet them to know what they were like.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? My son Ryker and my family.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? The power of cloning myself so I would be there to help as many people that need me.
What is one food that you cannot resist? Pasta
Is there anything else you would like to share with me? I love my job and the people I work with. Bost is a great place to work.