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Staff Spotlight - Anne Bourdeau

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Meet Anne, our Accounts Payable/Payroll/and IT Coordinator in our Accounting department! Anne grew up in a small town in western Massachusetts. Even though Massachusetts is beautiful, she moved away to Santa Cruz after high school to avoid New England winters, and start a new life on a whole different coast. Just about all of Anne’s family lives back in her home town, but she has made a nice family of friends in the Santa Cruz area. Anne misses seeing her family on a regular basis but talks with her two sisters every week and visits them when she can.

Bird watching, walking, reading and gardening are some of Anne’s favorite hobbies. Learning to play the violin has been a dream of Anne’s. She does own a violin, but still needs to learn how to play. Despite seeing herself as a true beginner in the world of music, she is certain that she absolutely loves it!

In 1998, Anne began part-time with Easterseals in Accounts Payable. Over the years, she has helped in a vast array of roles, some being in: Accounts Receivable, IT, office management, and a few years ago Payroll. With all these roles, Anne has been in at least six offices at the Aptos location over the years, and twice in the one she is in now!

As an ongoing pursuit of being a better human being, Anne says she always trying, “…to be a kind, patient and empathetic person. I think this helps me in my job at Easterseals, I try and get along with everyone I work with and be helpful.” Anne doesn’t get to interact with the clients very often but when she does, she thinks these qualities really help when engaging with them.

Anne enjoys being a part of a team that works with people with disabilities, “The other staff that work here are dedicated in helping the clients succeed in whatever they can do. Everyone has a big heart in this organization. I enjoy the variety of work that I do. From working with payables, payroll, and various other things, I get to do a wide range of things.”

“I am constantly impressed by Anne’s ability to jump in and take on new projects. She is always readily available to help any staff person where ever needed, and provide any assistance she can to make our finance department work as efficiently as possible.” - Twila Chaffee, Finance Manager

“For over 20 years Anne has been at the heart of supporting Easterseals in providing outstanding service to our community. Her work has allowed countless staff to focus on helping individuals grow and enjoy a full life. Her work behind the scenes has been invaluable.” - Scott Webb, Executive Director

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