As our Family of Agencies continue to grow and expand, we would like to introduce you to some our amazing team members. Each month, we will be highlighting one of our employees serving on the 2017-2018 Leadership Team. This month we will be highlighting Jessica Ayala.
Which Agency do you work for?
Brevard Family Partnership
How long have you worked for the above agency?
Cumulatively over 3 years
What is your current title?
I am the Director of Intake, Placement and Assessment
Briefly in 2-3 sentences explain what you do in your current role:
My current role is to oversee the Intake and Placement Division, Clinical Services as well as the IMPOWER Adoption Division. This role enables me the opportunity to ensure that each child is assessed early into their entry into our System of Care for the best possible placement and also allows me to be involved in the actual placement process, both temporary through foster care and permanent through adoption. I am happy to say this year alone, 143 children have been adopted and found their forever family!!!
Have you ever been in any other role within the agency?
Yes, in 2010, I was brought on as a Utilization Review Specialist, completing the CAFAS assessments for our children placed in Licensed Out of Home Care. Later in 2010, my role transitioned to overseeing the services for all children and families in our System of Care through the PSAM Mindshare system.
What is your favorite thing about working here?
I truly enjoy what I do, even those stressful days!! I enjoy the people that I work with daily and am appreciative of the laughter and the camaraderie. My most favorite thing about my job is when I get to have interaction with our youth and families as well as those little moments of success for the children and families we serve.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I am not on the baseball field, my solace comes when I can go to the beach with my 2 children and my husband.
Who or What inspires you? Why?
I am inspired by so many people daily; however, there are a few women in my life that I look up to and can only hope to emulate them in my everyday life. I am inspired by those who truly make an effort to make the world a better place.
If you were a color crayon what color would you be? Why?
I would be a Turquoise Crayon. Turquoise is one my favorite colors, the color turquoise is a protective and healing color.