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Celebrating Excellence: Employee Spotlight Series

By Katilyn Thomas

Unveiling the Heart Behind WIN’s Mental Health Therapist: Lanae Lopez

In this month’s Staff Spotlight, we’re thrilled to shine a well-deserved light on Lanae Lopez, one of our dedicated Bilingual Mental Health Therapists. Lanae plays a vital role in our organization, providing essential mental health support to our community.

Her passion for helping others and her commitment to fostering mental well-being truly make her an invaluable member of our team.

1. A Taste of Alaska:

Something about Lanae that most of her coworkers don’t know: Lanae has a deep connection to the beautiful wilderness of Alaska. She has not one, but two first cousins living there, along with their spouses and children, not to mention countless second cousins. Her vibrant Latino heritage has certainly left its mark in far-flung places!

2. An Aunt’s Legacy:

Lanae’s Hero: Lanae’s hero is her Aunt, her mother’s second oldest sister. This remarkable woman played the role of a surrogate mother in Lanae’s life, raising her with love and care while her parents were hard at work. Her aunt instilled values of compassion, justice, community, family, and the enduring importance of finding joy even in challenging times.

3. The Childlike Joy of Helping:

What Lanae Likes Most About Her Job: Lanae cherishes the opportunity her job provides to channel her inner child. She finds immense joy in engaging with the children she works with, embracing silliness without hesitation, and witnessing the unique and invaluable qualities each child brings to her practice. It’s a rewarding experience that brings her fulfillment.

4. A Memorable Journey to Prom:

Favorite Memory from High School: Senior year brought a memorable adventure as Lanae and her three closest friends took on the challenge of planning their prom together. The experience was a blast, from baking cupcakes for fundraisers to wandering through party and costume stores, all in preparation for their Old Hollywood-themed prom. The planning was, without a doubt, the highlight of their high school experience.

5. Desert Island Entertainment:

Lanae’s Must-Have Playlists, Albums, and Shows: If Lanae were stranded on a desert island, she’d keep her spirits high with TV shows like Gilmore Girls, The Office, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, and King of the Hill. Her taste in music is equally eclectic, ranging from Interpol and Lana del Rey to Amy Winehouse, Molchat Doma, and Olivia Rodrigo, with many more artists in between.

6. A Glimpse of Greenery:

The Most Interesting View: While Lanae’s apartment windows may not offer a breathtaking landscape, she has transformed her surroundings into a lush oasis. Outside her window, she has cultivated a small garden filled with tropical plants, a testament to her passion for gardening and her love for all things green.

Lanae Lopez is not only an essential part of WIN but also a multifaceted individual with a rich tapestry of experiences and interests. We’re proud to have her on our team, and we hope this spotlight has allowed you to get to know her better. Stay tuned for more inspiring spotlights on the incredible individuals who make WIN shine!

A Word From WIN

At WIN, we believe that recognizing and celebrating our employees’ contributions is essential in fostering a positive and motivated work environment. Each of our team members exemplifies the values and qualities we cherish in our organization.

Stay tuned for our next Staff Spotlight, where we will continue to showcase the incredible individuals who make WIN thrive.

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