Employee of the Month: Rachel Nicodemus
What originally made you want to work with EA?
I wanted to continue being involved with helping underprivileged populations but in an indirect way. I had previously been a foster care social worker for 6 years and I needed a change of pace. I had heard great things about EA and had positive experiences with EA employees when coordinating services at my old job.
Describe what your best day on the job looks like:
My best day on the job looks like getting to turn in a lot of billing invoices and getting things organized. I have always enjoyed the sense of satisfaction that comes with completing a task and getting to turn it in. And the fact that this work goes back into paying people that are directly helping kids and keeping our important programs running makes me feel good.
What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
Though I don't work directly with foster kids anymore or foster parents, I wish people would have more understanding and not villainize individuals so much when they don't know their story. Especially when it comes to addiction, I think a lot of people are lucky enough to not understand it personally (myself included) but that can create a lot of blame and shame when there should be more empathy and assistance.
How do you practice self care?
Might sound strange but I really like to clean. I love organizing, decorating my space, and cleaning. My home is my sanctuary. I also love to read, play with my two chihuahuas (Buffy & Scout), study astrology and tarot, and roller skate.
What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?
When I was an awkward 13-year-old with glasses and braces I took hip-hop dance lessons. I especially loved our routine to Family Affair by Mary J. Blige.
Anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite holiday is Halloween and I'm already counting down the days!