I have a diverse history of employment; I have worn many hats. My first paid job was in the summer of 1967 at 6 years old. I have never forgotten the sense of pride and the feeling of accomplishment after successfully completing my task.
My current role with Visiting Angels requires that I don many of my well-worn hats and recall practical experiences throughout a single day. While wearing a marketing hat I organize, present and participate in health fairs, panel discussions and events offering information and resources appropriate for a senior population. While wearing the caregiver liaison hat, I tactfully assist family members and clients identify care needs, understand the scope of services and act a referral resource when appropriate. The administrator hat requires detailed coordination and implementation of services.
Ultimately, as Community Liaison, I strive to establish a relationship with the communities and businesses who serve needs of the senior population of Prince George’s County. Fortunately Visiting Angels Executive Director and Past President and Founder of PGSPN, Vikki Kalitsi, supports my additional roles of Prince George’s Senior Provider Network - Membership Chairperson, Alzheimer’s Association - Memory Café Facilitator and Dementia Friendly America - Friend, Member and Screener.
Having a variety of interests and experiences allows me to honestly and easily relate to people. I am pragmatic with a quirky, dry sense of humor and I can be a total geek on subjects of interest, especially science and nature. Oh, regarding that first job… I collected a cash payment for my efforts totaling $2.00. I treated myself to a Good Humor ice cream bar and a pack of baseball cards. The remaining crisp one-dollar bill and leftover change was deposited into my savings account, in horrific handwriting the register noted; first job $1.60.