Karla joined the CDS Monarch team in 1990, as a Treatment Coordinator at Webster Creative Opportunities (WCO). In 2007, she took on a new role as the Administrative Assistant at WCO. Then, in 2013, she transferred to the Wolf Center to become the Administrative Assistant supporting the four Day Services based there. In this position Karla is responsible for the billing, scheduling of ISP reviews, maintaining petty cash, overseeing accounts for the individuals, ordering supplies, submitting monthly summaries and completing required paperwork. She is regularly requested by HR for assistance and also covers the front reception desk as needed. Karla also takes photos during the various activities the department does with the individuals and staff. She is always willing to step up and do whatever is needed or asked of her.

"Karla exemplifies our shared values, especially her compassion toward the individuals and their families," stated Michelle Tucker, Executive Office Manager. "Approaching her 25-year service mark, Karla represents the career longevity that exists at CDS Monarch, and the sustained job satisfaction that comes with it."

"One of my favorite things to do is to teach the individuals how to do certain tasks, like scanning documents or assembling mailings for other departments. I really enjoy spending the time with them, and being able to teach them how to do something new," shared Karla.

Karla's advice to her fellow coworkers? "Always remember that your purpose here is to help others. And you should never take anything too personally."

In her spare time Karla enjoys reading, taking photos, cheering on her kids in their athletic activities, and traveling. Karla has also been bringing her kids to the monthly dances at CDS Monarch for a number of years, to serve as volunteers. She says this has been a meaningful experience, which has allowed them to learn from, and grow with, the individuals that CDS Monarch assists.

Thank you, Karla, for the extraordinary dedication you demonstrate in your work at CDS Monarch! Your compassion for the individuals and the interest you take in their personal growth and well-being is outstanding. We appreciate all that you do!


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