*Last but certainly not least is our interview with Brian Malicdem. Brian was promoted to Senior Case Facilitator in the South Bay. You can find the interviews of his counterparts in the East Bay and Far North Regions here and here. Brian is to San Jose Team what Tupac is to the Rap/Hip Hop community (hehe…if you know Brian, you know he is a huge fan of Tupac and would appreciate the reference). In all seriousness, Brian is a rockstar at what he does, and we are happy to see him in this new position!
Tell me about how you got into this line of work?
When I was in the 4th grade my parents opened up a day care for children with developmental disabilities. I have supported my parents with the care of the children. Because of this, I discovered a passion and love for people with disabilities. You could say I was raised in the business.
As the new Senior Case Facilitator, what are you most excited about?
I am most excited about bringing on new clients to the COMPASS community.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
To have patience. We work with people and everyday is going to be different. Different issues require different ways to work with them. You have to be patient in order to find the best solution and to make sure that your team understands.
To laugh. Sometimes work is so stressful that we forget to take care of ourselves, but I have found that laughter is a quick and easy fix.
You have been with Compass for a few years. How have you seen Compass grow in your time here?
I first started with COMPASS as a CFA/ILS instructor fresh out of college. I transitioned to the CF position and now the SCF position. During all the transition I have learned how to become a leader, something I have always felt I was never good at. I was provided with several trainings and check ins on how to improve as a leader. Thankfully, I am blessed with a great team that has been open to my leadership style.
What do you do to keep yourself positive and motivated when you are having a challenging work day?
I will “keep my eyes on the prize” you would say. We are faced with difficult challenges on a daily basis. In order to keep myself positive and motivated, I will remember the goal we are trying to reach and how it will better our clients, team, and services.
Tell me some of your most favorite memories/stories from Compass.
Any of the COMPASS retreats. It takes so much work to organize any retreat but to see the clients and staff having a great time makes it all worth it. I really enjoy seeing our community come together and just have some fun.
What is something that you are really proud of that you have accomplished at Compass?
We brought on a client who was really struggling in her group home. After a few months of living the COMPASS lifestyle she posted on our Facebook page “COMPASS is the best thing that ever happened to me.” 🙂
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I spend way too much time on my hair than a man should.
What is a quote or saying that is inspiring you right now?
“It takes a village to raise a child. ”