Employee of the Month: Kate Pomeroy
What originally made you want to work with EA?
I began at EA in 2013 during my final year of grad school as an intern. I started in the Quincy office and was so warmly welcomed by the whole team there. I quickly understood what everyone meant when they said EA was like a big family. Jane, Sara, Kim, Jerry and our sweet Margie- thank you!
Describe what your best day on the job looks like:
I have always enjoyed that no two days ever look the same at EA! The best days are filled with spending time with our incredible kids, their selfless Resource Parents and their determined parents who are working so hard in their cases. We do a lot of laughing, cheerleading and celebrating in our office.
What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
Social work is all about connection. You serve others the best after you've taken the time to get to know to them. When I first started at EA I had preconceived notions of the "bio" parents but I have learned so much over the years. We supervise a lot of visits at of our office and it has allowed us to form connections with these folks. Hearing their own stories makes it clear that generational trauma is a huge component to most cases. It is an honor to be a part of a system working to break the cycle.
How do you practice self care?
I love to hike with my dog, read, spend time with family and friends and watch all things reality TV. I am looking forward to traveling again- my first trip planned will be to Montana, my very favorite place.
What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?
I have been lucky enough to do some mountain climbing, including Mt. Hood, the Middle and Grand Teton and Mt. Rainier.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I have worked with so many inspiring folks here at EA. We like to think of our Grass Valley office as small but mighty- Kitty, our OM, is the backbone and heart and Gina is an absolute powerhouse in advocating and serving our AB12 participants. I am lucky to have them as colleagues and friends.