Meet the Staff: Helena Ortiz


Get to know the NEADS staff in this occasional series. Today, please meet Helena Ortiz – Canine Center Attendant & Puppy Program Assistant.

Helena has been working at NEADS since mid-August.

Q: What song always puts you in a good mood?

A: Any Michael Jackson song! Michael Jackson was big in my family growing up. So he reminds me of my childhood.

Q: What is your favorite fall activity?

A: I love taking drives on roads that have the high colorful trees surrounding it just blasting music. It’s so peaceful!

Q: Would you rather have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food?

A: I’d rather have to grow my own food.

Q: If your life was a meal, what kind of meal would it be?

A: I would say my life is like a bowl of ice cream. I am very empathetic so I like to be there for people and comfort people just like ice cream is comfort food. I am a simple person but I also like adventuring out once in a while. The same way I like eating plain ice cream but there are times that I like eating different ice creams with condiments on it.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at NEADS?

A: My favorite part of working at NEADS is knowing my hard work here is impacting someone else’s life in a positive way. It pushes me to want to put in the extra work in everything I do here.