Michelle Vasquez-Herrera is a career firefighter engineer with more than 16 years under her belt.
She says you must be willing to work hard, be physically fit, and react at a moment’s notice. Michelle says more of their calls are for medical emergencies than for fires themselves so they are all EMT certified in addition to their firefighting training.
Michelle has some great advice for young women, and for us all really:
Draw a map of your life, but do it in pencil.
Wise words from a woman who has crafted a life and career that works for her, her firefighting husband, and their two daughters.
Liz Foott helps maintain the utmost safety for employees and customers while crafting her own work-life balance.
Liz Foott is a Safety Consultant who works with a variety of businesses on all aspects of safety. She enjoys being able to interact with hospitals, orchards, and trucking companies. She says you need to be self-motivated, be an excellent communicator, and a very good listener in order to perform well in this line of work. Liz earned the Associate Safety Professional certification in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a plethora of on the job experience.
Liz advises young women to volunteer in all sorts of careers in order to get a good idea of the environment. She also says we can all be safety consultants by simply looking around our schools and homes for potential hazards and mitigate those risks.
Resources for Safety
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Claire Ann Johnson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Claire’s been utilizing horses in her therapy with children for more than two decades. Claire says that you should be curious and genuinely like people if you want to become a counselor. She says to really listen to your inner voice as soon as you can hear it when you’re young and don’t let anybody tell you not to do something that you might be interested in.
Claire obtained undergraduate degrees in public relations and family studies then went on to complete a master’s degree in counseling. From there she completed over 3000 hours of direct service in order to finish her license.
Claire has always enjoyed animals, especially horses, and created a way to incorporate the four-legged coworkers into her practice. She has watched the children thrive in that environment.
Claire has been able to craft her work and thus has found a work-life balance in which she thrives!
She regularly donates her time and resources to a number of organizations to include Tootsie’s Vision, a resource for blind dogs.
Sara Garrigan has spent the past five years as the Executive Director of Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Shelter. She worked her way up to her current position and has truly found a passion for helping our four-legged family members find homes.
Sara advises young girls who may be interested in working in the non-profit sector to volunteer. She says to simply go find a non-profit you may be interested in, find out how you can volunteer your time or services and simply be exposed to the world and all the options therein.
She says this position benefits from personality traits such as compassion, empathy, an ability to multitask and be a storyteller.
Sara has been a fixture in the local media over the past few years as she finds great value in being able to show the animals available for adoption and to tell their story (she even does some name dropping in this interview 😉 ).
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She has known since she was 8 years-old that she wanted to become a vet in order to care for animals and their human companions. Dr. Ashlee says that each day is a new adventure and she truly enjoys her career. It’s not without its challenges as she feels she must be capable of performing animal medicine as well as be a people-person and a business-savvy employer.
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