We wouldn’t be where we are today without our professional, compassionate staff. February 16th was National Caregivers Day so we talked with Andrea Hulver about her experience at ACT.
How long have you worked at ACT? What is your role here?
If you count my internship, I have been at ACT for a little more than a year. I started as an intern for Tara Shade, and then after I graduated from MU, around June, I started as a Personal Assistant. I am currently a Personal Assistant for a few individuals. I also help out with the new After School Youth Program.
What influenced you to choose this field?
The main reason I chose this field is my 4 year old nephew Grayson. When he was born, he was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disability that affects his daily life. His diagnosis changed my outlook on several aspects of my own life, one of which was my career path. Since then, I have taken every opportunity to learn how to help him develop the tools he needs to become the best version of himself.
You also work in our new After School Youth Program. Tell us about your favorite moments or experiences working in that program.
Everything in the After School Youth Program has been so much fun. We’ve attempted a fun food item from Pinterest (that failed) and played around at Going Bonkers and Bowling (which the individuals loved). But my favorite was touring the Fire House. The individuals loved climbing in the fire engine and exploring the different vehicles the firefighters showed them. I couldn’t stop smiling at their smiles and at how much fun they were having.
What challenges have you faced at ACT?
The biggest challenge I have faced at ACT is learning how to connect with each and every individual. Everyone is unique. The way to connect with one person could be completely different from another.
What advice would you give to someone considering working in this industry?
Be patient with the individuals you work with and get to know them. Learning their likes and dislikes, what sparks their interest, or what makes them uncomfortable can really help in suggesting activities or finding activities they are interested in.
Any random facts you could share with us?
I recently got a puppy. Her name is Nova. She is in the process of being trained as a Therapy Dog.
Recently, Andrea was promoted to Program Supervisor for the After School Youth Program. Thank you for sharing with us, Andrea. Congratulations!