The staff at United Housing Connections is a really interesting group of people. The roles they fill and the duties they perform are incredibly diverse. Check in each month to meet a new staff member!
What is your title and role at United Housing Connections?
Currently my title is HMIS Administrator. This gives me the responsibility of making sure the Homeless Management Information System is running, that the data is as clean as we can get it, set up service providers in the system, etc. I also help with the Continuum of Care, attending all meetings for the 4 chapters, as well as using HMIS to extract data for HUD and ESG grants. Also, I currently am a resource to employees who are new to UHC. Prior to this appointment I was the Director of Programs and Fund Development. In that role I created our homeless programs, hired and trained case managers, wrote grants to support the programs, and created and ran the Bridesmaid’s Ball for 11 years. Also had some public relations responsibilities.
How long have you been at UHC? 16 years
What is something that United Housing Connections does that you are particularly proud of? I am proud of the wide range of services and housing that we provide to people who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness. Through the years I have also been very proud of the caring staff—caring not only for their residents, but for each other as well.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
Lots of food, wine and/or some kind of alcohol, flowers, beautiful decorations and table settings, and lots of people…kind of like the Bridesmaid’s Ball. It would however be for people that Marc and I feel close to or who we would like to honor.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I want to witness the weddings of my grandchildren and also be able to hold my great grandchildren.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sometimes I think I would have liked being a nurse. Also, as I told John Gerberich, I would like to know how to do more maintenance type jobs around the house.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Franklin Roosevelt, Bill and Hillary Clinton…I guess you all know how I lean.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Don’t ask me why, but Pippi Longstocking came to mind.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
My husband’s various illnesses over the last 15 years.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
I once shot ink from my fountain pen at a boy in my 7th grade class because he was writing on me. The problem was, though, that this was in the school library and I missed him and hit the encyclopedia.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
I loved being around my grandparents. I also think a lot of some of the bonding times with my parents: my mom used to play games with us, she would take me to the library and recommend novels that she thought I would like, and I sometimes enjoyed going to the grocery store with her. My dad would play classical music on Sunday mornings and I would dance around the room to it. Also, I used to talk to him about some of my writing assignments.
What is your first memory of being really excited?
I was a flower girl in my aunt’s wedding when I was 4.
What is something you learned recently?
Still learning my job-always learning something new to me about HMIS. But actually, that is quite rewarding-so much more makes sense to me now then when I started HMIS in the spring.
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