Angelica Santana

Company: Phyton Talent Advisors
Position: Executive Recruiter
Age: 27

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Syracuse, NY

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

2 ½ years

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

For starters, I ended up in my field completely on accident. I studied Biology with a Pre-Med in college and obtained my Master’s in Healthcare Administration with the intent to continue to med school in the future. When I was still living in New York, I was driving to work in a snowstorm and was fed up with the winters up north and wanted to move south. I scheduled 11 interviews in Charlotte and was offered a job on the spot with a staffing company 2 hours before my flight back home. I accepted the job and ended up loving recruiting. I was promoted within 6 months and have been in the field since.

I’ve fallen in love with Charlotte since moving. I still have no family here, but I live with my two dogs and cat. Most of my family is back home in New York, except for my mom, stepdad and 4 siblings who live in England (I’m the oldest of 7).

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?

I would say my most memorable moment was this past weekend. I am a part of Kindred Hearts Transport Connection, which is a group that helps relocate animals to rescues, foster homes or forever homes. I had a German Shepherd that was being transported from Texas to New Jersey and they needed an overnight host for the dog. I live in a one-bedroom apartment, but I couldn’t say no once I saw this dog’s face. When the transporter met with me, the dog had clear anxiety. He wouldn’t go to the bathroom, eat and was panting nervously. It took me 20 minutes to get him up the stairs because he was so scared, and I felt so bad at one point I just cried and hugged him in the middle of the stairwell. When we got to my apartment, he wasn’t much better. I spent the first hour sitting on the floor with him to help him get comfortable. Normally, the transports have a few pages on paperwork, blankets, dishes, etc. All this dog came with was one single sheet of paper (his “health records”) and a beat-up plastic bowl. It turns out his owner had passed, and this dog ended up in the streets. I spent the night laying on the floor next to the dog bed he was laying in. I normally don’t pay attention to the transfers after my driving leg, but I saw it through until he made it to his foster home. Since he left, I have been working on to get the word out about him in hopes of finding him his forever home with a loving family.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.

I am always looking for ways to be more involved in the community. I found the best way to do this is by playing to my strengths. Last year, I adopted a deaf and partially blind Great Dane puppy. I worked for months to get her trained and have since become an advocate of training for shelter and special needs pets. With being a recruiter, networking is a big part of my job, and I love educating people on the importance of dog training and understanding dogs with special needs. My goal is to prevent rescues from being returned to shelters for reasons that can be avoided.

I also use my recruiting background to work with another group that helps veterans and their family’s transition from military life and find careers. I help with LinkedIn profiles, mock interviews and resumes. While my career growth is important to me, I also enjoy helping to support local businesses and spread the word as much as I can.

PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

When I worked with the University of Rochester Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, I was a Database Analyst and drug on my study was approved by the FDA. Here is the message I received in 2017 from the director of the department:

Today, thanks to the efforts of the CTCC, the FDA approved the second treatment for Huntington disease (deutetrabenazine). This accomplishment would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the First-HD and ARC-HD teams, including Elise, Jody, Jackie, Lisa R, Cindy, Tanya, Sherry, Connie, Pat, Karen R, Margaret, Carlinda, Cathy C, Larry, Gina, Jon E, Angelica, Paul, Nita, Victoria, and many others. The lives of thousands with HD will likely be improved because of this approval and countless others will benefit from this advance in drug development for HD.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170403006578/en/Teva-Announces-FDA-Approval-AUSTEDO%E2%84%A2-deutetrabenazine-Tablets

This approval represents the seventh approved therapy for the CTCC and second this year!

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I am an amateur bodybuilder, play soccer and play the violin in my spare time. I spend a lot of time training my own dogs as well as others, especially rescues. I don’t charge for any of my work with dogs because I do it solely for the feeling of saving dogs. My own dogs are constantly working as well-my lab is working towards his therapy dog certification so I can bring him to hospitals and to events where people who have a need for a therapy animal would benefit. He also holds 3 trick dog titles, and my deaf Dane holds 1 (she doesn’t let anything hold her back). I plan on getting her into rally obedience when she’s a little older.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“When you live your life by poor standards, you inflict damage on everyone who crosses your path, especially those you love.” -Jordan Belfort

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?

In 5 years, I plan on being a homeowner and in a leadership position with my current company. I would like to be settled down with thoughts of starting my family if it hasn’t happened by then. In 10 years, I would ideally like to make a career change and go to med school to achieve my dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Get over my fear of heights and go skydiving

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

I used my passport last October when I flew to England to surprise my mom for her 50th birthday.

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

I backpacked around Ireland for a full week in 2016

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

My mom, she came from almost nothing and has earned everything she owns today.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

American Sniper

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Dierks Bentley

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