Meet the Staff: Pat

1.     Tell us about yourself.

I am a fourth generation El Pasoan from the historic town of Ysleta.  I am also the first in my family to receive both an undergraduate and graduate degree.  I obtained my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, while working, volunteering and raising a family.  I have twenty years of accounting experience and currently pursuing a certification in Leadership at the University of Phoenix

2.     Give us a description of what you do for United Way.  

I am part of a United Way team in which my role as the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration is to assist with the fiscal management and administrative operations and to ensure the values of the mission and vision of the United Way of El Paso County.

3.     Why is this work so important to our community?

This work is important as it provides an accountability to our stakeholders:  United Way member agencies, donors and others who placed faith in the United Way.

4.     What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way? 

Since working at the United Way, I have seen first hand the amount of work, energy and community efforts our Leadership, Staff and Volunteers have with local government and other agencies to help with the needs of the El Paso community. In the past year, these efforts have been significant and I now have the great opportunity to also contribute to my home, the El Paso community, by ensuring achievement of these efforts from a Fiscal and Administrative position.  

5.     Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.

“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.” – Mother Teresa