Glennis Redding is a Senior Administrative Assistant at our Bushwick Facility on Porter Avenue. She’s been working at The Doe Fund for 17 years, supporting the Community Improvement Project (CIP) in the Payroll/Finance department. Glennis recently won an Employee Recognition Program award for her outstanding work. Those who nominated her said that she shows great attention to detail, adapts quickly, is timely and dependable, and that she is an incredible steward for the staff and the Men in Blue.
In your 17 years at The Doe Fund, who has made the greatest impact on you?
All of my supervisors have done a great job. I learned a lot from all of them. I learned a WHOLE lot from Craig Trotta, the Senior Director of CIP Field Operations. And now, I’m learning a lot from Raymond Jones, the Senior Associate Director of CIP.
Your nominators say that you are thoughtful of the struggles that the trainees face, and that you are kind, but also firm in helping them stay on track. Can you tell me more about that?
I try to be understanding, but also let them know that at the end, they still have to leave here. They can’t get comfortable and complacent. They have to start saving from that first paycheck so they can get what they need, and move on, and just be happy. That’s all I care about—that they’re good on the other side of it and it pays off.
They think they can’t do anything outside of a structured environment, but they can. I’ve seen it. And when you believe in them, they start believing in themselves.
How have you changed or grown in your role?
I’ve learned patience. A LOT of patience. When I came to The Doe Fund, I was angry, I guess because of my situation at that time. And since I’ve been here, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve seen a lot of people come and go.
I’ve grown in every way. As a parent, as a staff member… I’ve worked in all of the facilities. This was my first real job.
What are your goals for the future and as a Doe Fund employee?
I’m going back to school in January. Maybe for accounting so I can do the payroll here. I dropped out of school when I was 13, but I got my GED around the time I started here. I got a lot of motivation from this place.
Looking back on your time here, is there anything you’re particularly proud of?
I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I’m proud of ME.