Dana joined the Associated Staffing family as an Employment Coordinator in May 2015. After 10 months, she was promoted to Recruiter. Dana has 7 years of retail and customer service experience, with 3 years in management. She has also owned DLeigh Photography on the side for 6 years. A Nebraska native, she is a proud graduate of Ralston High School and currently lives in Bellevue with her husband, Andy, and their cats.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A teacher. I have several teachers in my family: both parents, aunts and uncles. I pretty much grew up behind the scenes at my mom’s school and I fell in love with every aspect of being a teacher.
Q: Describe Associated Staffing in just three words:
A: Family. Lively. Versatile.
Q: Funniest thing to happen at work:
A: Quite a bit happens at work in a typical week and we always try to keep a positive and fun atmosphere. One of the funny things that happens here is when a coworker brings in her homemade salsa and forgets to tell us just how spicy it is. The first time this happened, 2 of us took a big scoop of salsa and immediately regretted our decision. We were eating popsicles, ice cubes, chocolate and anything else that would tame the burn for the rest of the day as we sat there crying.
Q: What would people never guess you do in your role?
A: What a lot of people don’t realize we do as recruiters for Associated Staffing is that we take interest in employees’ satisfactions and dissatisfactions while on assignment with us. When someone is unsatisfied or feels they are having issues at work, we care and we take the time to reach out to our clients regarding concerns and make sure our employee’s voice is heard. We want everyone to have a positive experience and they all deserve a job they are treated fairly and can be happy in.
Q: If you could interview anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
A: I would interview my future self. Sometimes you just need reassurance during tough times and I know my future self would just tell me it’s not a big deal and to not stress the little stuff!
Q: If you could switch your job with anyone else in the company, whose job would you want and why?
A: Brian (owner). I’ve always wanted to own my own company or work for myself. I would want to switch with him so I could gain insight on what it would take to get started and gain advice to what works and what doesn’t.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: I’ve always wanted to visit Italy. My husband and I really enjoy Italian food and being able to try it all authentically would be amazing.
Q: What hidden talents do you have?
A: A lot of people are surprised by how quickly I can say the ABC’S backwards. That’s about the height of my talents.
Q: Who is (or has been) the most influential leader in your life (and why):
A: The most influential people in my life would be my parents. Sounds cliché to say that, but it’s the truth! They are both in careers that they absolutely love and enjoy, which is something that I admire. They find ways to fight through even the toughest days at work or the hardest months at home and know that everything will be okay and work out in the end. I hope one day I can not only love my career as much as they do each and every day, but that I can be the kind of parent they were and are to me.
Q: What do you do on your days off?
A: Relax at home with my husband and most recently prepare our home for our baby coming in June!