Melinda Hixon, Senior Accountant at Central Recovery, analyzes and prepares financial information and maintains a record of assets, liabilities, profits and losses, and other financial activities within the organization. Recently, Melinda sat down to answer a few questions about her role for this month’s “Employee Spotlight.”
1. What made you decide to come to work at Central Recovery?
Throughout my career my most rewarding positions have been geared towards strengthening communities. I developed a passion for community-focused initiatives through my experience with programs like the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC), Oregon Commission on Children and Families (OCCF), and Lane County Domestic Violence Council (LVDVC). I wanted to come to work for Central Recovery because it was a natural extension of my desire to be a part of something that brings value to the lives of others.
2. What do you like best about your current position?
Aside from my awesome boss and co-workers, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism here at Central Recovery. Additionally, I love that this is a ‘family’ of people who are not only dedicated to the success of the company, but also to the success of each individual in their personal lives.
3. Describe how your position contributes to the CR mission.
My position assists in producing work that is not only of economic value, but also of social value, in that the work I do indirectly makes a positive difference in people’s lives.
4. What is your biggest success story at CR?
As a new employee coming to Central Recovery, my biggest success has been embracing and overcoming the new challenges that my position has offered me. I believe my biggest success, however, is yet to come.
5. Do you have any long-term goals for the department? If so, please describe.
As new contracts are acquired, my goal is to ensure compliance and maintain accurate record-keeping and accounting. I also plan on identifying gaps and streamlining processes to improve efficiencies.
6. How do you measure your own success?
When both my professional and personal values align to provide a work/life balance that is the perfect blend of happiness and productivity.
7. Describe the leadership skills you feel you have.
My leadership skills stem from humility and compassion. I tend to have a quiet confidence as my leadership is generally demonstrated by my example and the quality of my performance.
8. What is the wildest idea you have had in the past year outside of work?
A spontaneous last-minute road trip where I “Flew like an Eagle” to see Steve Miller in concert.
9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband on the lower Colorado and weekend getaways to unexplored locations.
10. Tell us one thing that people may not know about you.
I married my husband six years ago and became an instant grandma of three beautiful children who call me ‘glam-ma’.