Staff Spotlight – Electra Janis

Staff Spotlight – Electra Janis

354 505 Cribs for Kids

 

Electra has indirectly been a part of the Cribs for Kids organization since the day she was born. Her Grandfather, Jim Agras was a founding board member of the Western PA. chapter of the SIDS Foundation. That organization went on to become SIDS of PA. and ultimately Cribs for Kids. While attending Chatham for Psychology, Electra reached out to us and began interning for Cribs for Kids. We are thrilled that Electra has opted to continue her work with us as our Program Services Assistant as she pursues her masters in Psychology and Counseling. Electra’s co-workers describe her as helpful, generous and resourceful. She has also been described as extraordinary, very organized and electric! You can find Electra using her skills as a fluent Spanish speaker as she answers calls that come on our Crib Line. She lends her time to helping families in need all over the country find the Cribs for Kids partner nearest to them so that a crib can be distributed to their family as soon as possible. We are so grateful to have Electra in our corner!

 

Electra with Tiffany Price at the 2017 Perinatal Summit in West Virginia

 

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is that starting as an intern meant that I got a taste of everything we do at C4K. I learned quickly that with non-profits you get to wear many hats! I started working under Eileen Carlins which was an incredible experience. Eileen taught me everything I could have wanted to learn and more, she was the best example. I connected with her as an undergraduate Psychology intern. She allowed me to have such meaningful experiences observing our bereavement support group meetings and doing home visits. That was the final moment I knew I wanted to continue my education by getting a Masters in Science Counseling & Psychology. I want to be just like Eileen and help grieving families in need of support. When I returned to Cribs for Kids, I was able to work with Maggie, Bridget, and Andrea. I contributed to the planning of the Breath of Life Stroll and the Women of Achievement Awards! Shortly after that, I started working with Tiffany doing the Hospital Certification Program. I love doing this because I feel like we are making such a big difference all throughout the Country. My favorite part of this job is talking to the Doctors and Nurses who are so incredibly passionate about this program. Safe sleep was something I never knew was so important until I began working here. Now that I have been around families who experienced the loss of their infants, I have a special place in my heart for grieving families. I continue to spread the safe sleep message as much as I can both in and out of the office!

 

Electra with Eileen Carlins at Arlington Heights Community Day

 

What are some small things that make your day better?

Drinking my favorite coffee on the porch in the morning

 

How do you relax after a hard day at work?

Going to spin class at my gym, listening to my favorite music, binge-watching my favorite show, or reading my favorite book!

 

What’s the last adventure you went on?

I went to Nashville, TN with my boyfriend

 

Electra with her boyfriend Matt

 

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Tunisia, Africa on a cruise

 

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

London, England

 

Electra with her family

 

What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?

Anything that sparkles or is hot pink!

 

What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?

“There are two types of people in the world…Greeks and those who wish they were Greek!” –My Big Fat Greek Wedding

 

Electra and friends celebrating their Greek heritage

 

What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?

Sent instant messages on AOL

 

What kinds of things do you like to cook or are good at cooking?

I love to bake cupcakes and people often request my peanut butter icing and mocha icing

 

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

Tortuga Music Festival every year in Ft. Lauderdale with my best friends!

 

Electra with friends Lauren and Patrick

 

What brand are you most loyal to?

For clothing I love Express, but for household items.. everything in my apartment is from Kohls!

 

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

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

 

What always cheers you up when you think about it?

My next vacation…I live to travel! Especially with my mom 🙂

 

Electra traveling with her Mother in Monaco