With Community’s Meet Community blog, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our staff members each month and get to know them with some fun questions.
Ericka Chavez, account specialist, has been working at Community almost as long as she’s lived in the Lower Columbia.
Ericka was born and raised in Gresham, OR and relocated to the Kelso/Longview area in 1997. She gained her interpersonal skills while working in the retail and food industry and eventually got certified as an independent health care provider, all while raising her two children.
What inspired you to work for a hospice nonprofit?
I was inspired to work for this company because of the personal experience that I had while my sister was on hospice back in 2007. Not only did they take her care to the next level, but they also made me want to be a part of their team.
What makes Community unique compared to other places you’ve worked?
That is hard to say because I have worked at Community for 14 years. I think that speaks for itself in many ways.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is meeting new people and sharing my knowledge of what Community has to offer to them, and their loved ones.
What’s your favorite on-the-go snack while working?
String cheese or beef jerky
Cats or dogs?
Dogs — his name is Dallas in case you were wondering!
What’s your favorite hobby right now?
Any activity outside, especially with summer coming!
What’s your favorite book?
I cannot think of a favorite book. I did download the Babbel App and am trying to freshen up on my Spanish!
What’s your karaoke song?
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Tea or coffee?