Staff Spotlight – Andrea Wilson

Staff Spotlight – Andrea Wilson

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Andrea Wilson is described by her co-workers as smart, empathetic, kind-hearted and always willing to help. Andrea started as an intern under Eileen Carlins in September of 2014. She is now the Support and Education Coordinator at Cribs for Kids. While Andrea was working toward completing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, Eileen Carlins fell ill. As her intern, Andrea took it upon herself to take the reigns of planning the Cribs for Kids National Conference and went above and beyond the call of duty. This year, Andrea is in charge of the 6th National Cribs for Kids Conference, to be held April 23 – 26, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Andrea’s work at Cribs for Kids includes supporting parents through our Healing Hearts program, conducting educational training sessions, and the continuing development of our Safe Sleep Academy, a comprehensive platform that is available to anyone who would like to learn more about infant safe sleep.

 

What is the best thing about your job?

Everything. I love the people I work with, in and out of the office. I get to learn so much from them and their professional experiences. Knowing that the job I do and the education we provide can make a difference and save an infant’s life makes coming to work everyday so easy and enjoyable. I fell in love with working here because the work that we do is so broad. In social work, we talk about working on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and at Cribs for Kids I get to do that on a daily basis. I get to come to work every day and do something different. I frequently am able to challenge myself both creatively and professionally, which helps me to continually bring my best self to work and develop my professional skill sets.

 

Andrea demonstrating safe sleep practices to a new mother

 

What fictional place would you most like to visit?

Definitely Hogwarts

 

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

My favorite pastime is listening to musicals. So if I could turn singing show tunes (badly) into an Olympic sport I would definitely dominate in that category!

 

How do you relax after a hard day at work?

Playing with my dog Bailey, and watching movies

 

Andrea’s dog Bailey

 What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched?

I’m binge watching Doctor Who for the one-millionth time

 

What was one of the most interesting concerts you have been to?

Backstreet Boys in 2014 – all of my childhood dreams came true!

 

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Disneyland or the San Diego Zoo

 

Andrea and her parents

 

If you could have an all-expenses-paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?

I would love to see the Stonehenge or the Eiffel Tower

 

What’s the best single day on the calendar?

The day of the Summer solstice is the best day of the year. I love the summer and that day officially marks the start (and it is the longest day of the year!)

 

Andrea and her boyfriend Tim

 

What’s the last adventure you went on?

My boyfriend Tim and I traveled to South Carolina to see the eclipse in 2017. We found ourselves in the middle of a state park trying to get the best view.

 

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
 Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to show compassion for people who may not have received the kindness and support from the many places that a lot of us experience it from, whether it is neglect from their family, their school teachers, or other authority figures. I have always felt the need to be supportive and sympathetic for people who come from adverse or negative walks of life. In my freshman year of college, I changed my major from early childhood education to social work and have never regretted my decision since. During my junior year, Eileen Carlins came to talk to my Death and Dying class. At this time, I was looking for an internship for my senior year so I approached her after her presentation and asked if Cribs for Kids ever took on interns. Luckily, she said yes, I have been here ever since and have enjoyed every second. As I stated in a previous question, I fell in love with the work that Cribs for Kids does because it is so broad. One of the coolest things I get to do is parent education. I get to talk to people who may not have been exposed to safe sleep education and may not have realized that something as simple as a blanket or something as seemingly harmless as bringing your baby into bed with you to cuddle could be so dangerous. When we can provide a crib to a family that may not have had access to or may not have been aware of this resource, I really do feel like I am making a difference.