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.
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
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
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
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!)
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.