Please join us in congratulating Erica Kamerman on her 25-year anniversary with CIVCO!
Erica says, "I can't believe how fast 25 years has gone. I know everyone probably says the same thing but I really do feel like I just blinked. I started right after college and have made many friendships here. A lot of us have celebrated many milestones together and I consider a lot of my co-workers as close as family. I can't imagine working anywhere else. I've chosen to stay at CIVCO for 25 years because I love what I do every day. People probably wonder how collecting money can be that much fun but I find it rewarding collecting on a really old or large past due. I also love the people that I work with and how we work together to improve the outcome for our patients. CIVCO has also been so flexible with my schedule allowing me to put my family first. That has been very important to me to be able to work but also enjoy going to my kids' events."
Erica has made a lot of memories here at CIVCO but a few that stand out are, "when we provided our own entertainment at holiday parties by playing games. One year we played Family Feud. I can still remember some of the hilarious answers people gave. It's hard to come up with great answers when you have a time limit. It was fun laughing at each other and seeing our co-workers in a different atmosphere. And when I first started, I was one of the few that lived out of town so no one ate lunch at work. Ronda & I knew each other from college so we would go to her apartment and we'd watch soap operas over our lunch break."
CIVCO makes a donation to a charity of choice on behalf of our employees for their milestone anniversaries. Erica chose Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. "My daughter just turned 14 on May 10 and she was airlifted and in ICU for 10 days. It was the longest 10 days of my life and when I think back, I can't imagine being told my child has cancer. We knew my daughter would be ok but seeing your child suffer is every parent's nightmare. Some of these parents don't know what their future holds and I hope that this donation can help find a cure through their research projects. This foundation started from a 4-year old's inspiration so doctors could find a cure. After her passing her parents continue the work she began."
Erica's advice to new employees: "Be proud of your job. You might think it's a very unimportant part of working here but I've seen so many times where departments have come together to complete a task which in the end changes the life of one of our patients."
Erica, thank you again for 25 years of service to CIVCO. We appreciate your work, dedication and passion towards our mission!