Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
I arrived at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas (VOACC) in September of 2018, with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and General Administrative Management. In my current role as Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, I assist our staff of over 800 with providing services to more than 8,700 vulnerable men, women and children in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and North and South Carolina.
My focus includes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, Human Resources, Information Technology System and Organizational Excellence (Quality Performance and Accreditation (CARF/ACA). My passion is to ensure that administrative processes are effective and outcome driven, addressing program needs and enhancing collaboration between programs and administration. Creating and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization, from colleagues to persons served.
My greatest accomplishments to date have been helping VOACC adopt a paperless environment while implementing and/or streamlining best practices, including our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative. By encouraging excellence (one of VOACC’s Core Values) and providing increased opportunities for sustainable job satisfaction, we are improving the employee experience from the first day and beyond. The results have allowed us to be successful in maintaining our accreditation (CARF and ACA) while reducing employee legal claims.
Other Facts About Me
Born in Harlem, New York, I am a Honduran-American and speak several languages (English, French and Spanish). My mother poured into me all the values that I carry today - starting with my love for God. It was she who taught me the virtue of love, care and commitment and they are the jewels that make me who I am.
With my partner, we share a large number of nieces and nephews, friends and family, and enjoy hosting holiday and summer events.
Traveling is also one of my favorite past-times and I have visited many countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras, Saint Martin and South Africa. During my travels, I have a passion for exploring historical structures, like the Mayan Temples, the colonization of South Africa’s Cape Town, and I especially enjoy French architecture.
Finally, my favorite sport is tennis. I have enjoyed it since I was 9 years old and was rated a top player in my teens. I also had the distinct pleasure to meet in person the late Arthur Ashe, one of the more memorable moments of my life. By the way, I have a strong bowling game as well.
I have come to see my appointment here at VOACC as part of a divine plan and am grateful to be able to serve.