• Shrina Patel

Staff Highlight: Flora Pagan

Flora is our Bilingual Medical Office Receptionist and part of our Behavioral Health team. She loves supporting our staff in anyway she can to help make their jobs easier. In honor of Women's History Month, she highlights the women who have influenced her life the most and shares why we need more women in leadership roles.


What is your favorite part of your experience with Association House?

I love my job, the best experience is connecting with all staff by trying to make their jobs easier by getting what they need. It can be office supplies, information, snacks, dancing with them, and having fun as part of their mental health and well-being. I know many of them must go out in the field while I am indoors all day, so anything I can do to help them is what I enjoy doing the most. I know they take good care of our participants, but who takes care of them here? That is what I will miss most when I retire in April.

Is there a woman that has influenced you the most in your life?

My mother, Maria with her hard-working ethics as a mother of 16 children (I am #14) and she did a great job. She never worked outside of the home but she always helped by selling food in our neighborhood. She also helped by selling a lot for her church so they could buy their first church building. She made sure we all went to camp for two summers not knowing English very well.


Why do we need more women in leadership?

Women are needed in leadership because we tend to see the whole picture, we are multitaskers, hard workers; we see and do everything and are not afraid to try. This helps them become better leaders.

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