Help us welcome Amanda Genereux to our team!
Habitat Monroe is thrilled to announce that we have another new addition to our Habi-office. We are so grateful to have Amanda Genereux onboard as our new Finance Assistant. Let’s all give her a hearty welcome to our program.
As Finance Assistant, Amanda is responsible for the success of our accounting/finance department. She reports directly to David Graves, Habitat Monroe’s President.
Amanda has a significant knowledge base regarding Habitat’s programs from being an active volunteer and part-time worker at our Habitat Monroe ReStore.
Specifically, Amanda will be responsible for:
- Processing and preparing financial statements
- Creating, sending, and following up on invoices
- Collecting and reviewing data for reports
- Preparing any payments that need to be submitted
- And more!
Get to know Amanda
Amanda was born in Wayne, then moved to Southgate. She graduated from Southgate Anderson High School in 2000, then attended the University of Michigan Dearborn, and graduated in 2006. She currently lives in Brownstown, MI, with her two children. She has a 15-year-old daughter, Avery, who just started driving, and a 9-year-old son, Easton, who loves playing baseball. She is 39 years old, enjoys spending time with her children, and loves going to their extracurricular events, as they both are very active in sports. Amanda’s daughter Avery plays volleyball and basketball, while her son Easton plays baseball. Amanda is always attending sporting events throughout the year. In the summertime, she likes to go swimming and explore flea markets.
Amanda graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 2006. She worked as a teacher in both elementary & middle school for over 10 years in the Gibraltar school district. Since Amanda majored in Language Arts and minored in Science, she was able to teach different subjects for a long time at the middle school.
Interesting Fact #1: Amanda is fluent in American Sign Language, as her whole family is deaf (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins).
When Amanda’s middle school needed an elective class, she stepped in as the elective teacher. She created a class on American Sign Language, which was never done there before. This is one of the exciting aspects of teaching that Amanda enjoyed during her time there. After being an elective teacher, she became an interventionist. She played a key role in helping students that were struggling with math and reading, and tried to prevent them from going into special education. This was a challenging position, however, Amanda was proud of what she was able to do for the kids.
Amanda first learned about Habitat Monroe when she was volunteering at the Habitat ReStore. She thought the experience was fulfilling and wrote a post-it-note to our Habitat Monroe ReStore Director, Cheri. Amanda’s note said, “‘if you guys miss me, give me a call”, which Cheri did. Amanda started working part-time at the Habitat ReStore in October 2020.
During her time there she:
- Scheduled the ReStore pick-up routes
- Answered business calls
- Maintained social media posts
- Worked with volunteers
- Handled customer service tasks
- And much more!
She decided to take this new job as Finance Assistant at our office because she truly is passionate about Habitat’s mission. Amanda enjoys helping people in any capacity, and she is happy to be a part of an organization that allows her to work with people. Amanda considers this new office position with Habitat will be an advancement in her career development. Currently, she is learning and working in the program Quickbooks, where she is gaining skills and knowledge that can aid her wherever she goes in the future. Amanda commented, “It is great to add new things to your resume that you’re capable of doing.” Amanda believes her people skills, relatability, and listening skills will be a strength for her new position.
Interesting fact #2: If Amanda hadn’t worked as a Teacher, ReStore worker or Finance Assistant, she would want to work with animals. Amanda loves all of the pets that come through the Habi-office, and she would be working at an animal shelter if she wasn’t with us.
Amanda is delighted to work in the office with our Habitat staff and is excited to learn new skills as she takes on her new role as Finance Assistant. We interviewed her, to see how she is liking her time with Habitat Monroe thus far.
How have you felt since you’ve arrived in the office?
“I feel good. Everyone’s been really kind, welcoming, understanding, and helpful. It’s been a really good transition.”
What is the biggest obstacle that you faced during your onboarding?
“The biggest obstacle is that I’ve never had this role before. I’m learning something brand new, trying to take really good notes, and really pay attention to grasp everything. It’s a lot to learn all at once, but I’m doing it.”
How do you balance your career at Habitat and your family?
“Family is always my first priority. I think it’s very important when you enjoy your job, which I do. I think that helps make you a better person and a better mom. I am a better mom when I enjoy what I’m doing, which I do.”
How are employees empowered to participate in conversations at Habitat?
“Everyone’s been super kind and very helpful. Whenever I have questions, everyone’s approachable, easy to talk to, and friendly.”
What is your favorite part about working for Habitat?
“My favorite part of this position is feeling like I am catching on, learning, not having to ask many questions, and getting things done. I enjoy knowing things are accomplished and done correctly. I think that is huge for me, to know that I’m moving forward. I was feeling very overwhelmed at first. Now I feel like I am getting more of a grasp on things and how they work. That makes me feel a lot better.”
What is on your wish list for the next 5 years with Habitat?
“I want to be a full-time employee and take on more responsibilities.”
What advice would you give to recent/new hires?
“When I think about my experiences, I know that I am extremely hard on myself. My expectations are extremely high, and even though I know there is a learning curve, I still want to be great at everything. It can be hard to ask for help. I am learning to ask for help and be more patient with myself.
“My advice is to be patient with yourself. Starting something new is never easy or comfortable, but be patient with yourself, ask questions, and have confidence that you’ll get there.”
We are grateful to have Amanda join our Habitat Monroe team. If you see Amanda at our office, the ReStore, or at one of our events, make sure you welcome her to our organization.
Amanda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (734) 243-2048 ext.115.