A spotlight on Victoria Gomez, COTA
Victoria Gomez has been with TRM since 2006 where she began her career at
the corporate office in Fall River as an Office Assistant. Over the next five
years she worked her way up in the corporate office. She did field chart audits,
became the payroll assistant and eventually held a dual role as payroll and HR
assistant. At the time she was climbing the corporate ranks she was also going
to school to become a COTA! She began the COTA Program at BCC in 2010 while
working full time at the Corporate Office. All this in addition to being a single
mom to three active kids! In 2012, we lost Victoria in the corporate office but
were thrilled to see her head out into the field to begin her COTA career at
Sippican Healthcare Center. We miss her but we were able to catch up with her
the other day to see how she is enjoying life in the field.
In talking with Victoria we asked her what made her want to do all this? Her
response was simple:
"I wanted a career and to give myself and my kids a great future. TRM allowed
me to do that! They gave me all the flexibility I needed to work, go to school,
and be a mom. TRM is family focused. As Uma
always says, "Family first!" I never had to worry that my job was at stake
if I had to be late or leave early because of class or fieldwork. I have the same
support if it was an issue with my kids. You don't see that at other companies.
It's unheard of.
The support I received while going to school was amazing. My schedule was changed
to accommodate my field work and class time. I knew that my job was secure. That
feeling of security was immeasurable! It was both emotional and financial for me.
I never once felt that I was in danger of losing my job which as a single mom is
important because that's one less stressor to worry about. There was already enough
to worry about between class and kids.
The experiences I received in the corporate office gave me the motivation to
become a COTA. I knew I wanted more even as much as I loved being at corporate.
When I spoke to Uma about my desires she said
"Go for it! Whatever you need!". An invaluable opportunity was given to me
and I took it! Every opportunity was given to me to succeed and fulfill my goals
and I took it. I look forward to more growth within TRM. Hopefully into a management
role one day and then, I can't believe I am saying this but I want to go to school
to become an OT! I know when I choose to do this TRM will be flexible, supportive,
encouraging, and for that I will always be grateful!"