Meet the DEC Staff: Katrina Stirn

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Katrina Stirn, Office Administrator for DEC and the employee who’s been with us the longest!

Kat StirnHow did you end up working at DEC?

I applied to an advertisement through an employment agency.

Why did you want to work for DEC?

I had been in the hospitality industry for 8 years, working holidays, weekends and any hours they needed me to, and I wanted a more stable environment. I originally applied at the Disability Empowerment Center because they provided more stability.

It was only after I interviewed that I really understood what DEC was all about. I had never heard anything about Centers for Independent Living or the Independent Living philosophy prior to interviewing for the position.

What is your job title and what do you do at DEC?

I am the Office Administrator. I answer the phones, take Information and Referral (I & R) calls, maintain our suppliers, create flyers for trainings, maintain mailing lists, assist IL staff with administrative support, assist in preparation of reports for IL staff, as well as general administrative duties.

What is your favorite part about your job?

It’s never the same!

What does “empowerment” mean to you?

Empowerment, to me, is being provided with the information needed to make informed decisions.

Katrina Stirn at the DEC picnic.