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Spotlight on Andrea Florez Merchan

We asked Andrea, our Administrative Assistant, a few questions to get to know her better.

What prompted you to join FAPAC?

I was motivated to join FAPAC by a combination of curiosity and a deep-seated desire to delve into the world of non-profit work. Throughout my professional journey, I’ve always felt drawn to roles where my efforts could have a positive impact on others. FAPAC presented an opportunity to immerse myself in the foster care community, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a meaningful endeavor. Working alongside this organization has brought immense satisfaction, as it allows me to contribute to programs that truly make a difference in the lives of families and children in need.

What do some of your responsibilities look like as the administrative assistant?

As an administrative assistant, my primary responsibilities include office management, scheduling and calendar maintenance, email and correspondence management, data entry, phone calls, document preparation, filing and record-keeping, meeting support, and assisting with special projects and events. 

What other work were you involved in prior to joining FAPAC?

Before joining FAPAC, I had a diverse background in different roles. As an environmental engineer, I worked as a staff scientist in environmental consulting in West Virginia, where I gained experience in environmental assessments and compliance. Additionally, I served as a field director in a political campaign, where I honed my leadership and organizational skills while managing campaign activities. These prior experiences have equipped me with a valuable skill set and diverse perspective that I can bring to my role at FAPAC.

As a new member of the FAPAC team, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m passionate about learning more about non-profit organizations and their vital role in supporting vulnerable populations, and I’m enthusiastic about contributing to the betterment of the foster care system and the lives of foster children. Being part of an organization with a mission that aligns with my interests and values is incredibly motivating, and I’m excited to work collaboratively to bring positive change to the lives of those in need.

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