Meet Patricia Andrien, Financial Supervisor for Upper Merion Township Parks and Recreation. Read on to get to know her a little more and learn about her important role in the township.
What is your role with Upper Merion Township Parks and Recreation?
I am the Financial Supervisor at the Upper Merion Community Center.
What operations, activities, etc. do you oversee?
I supervise the financial activities of the Front Desk, provide financial customer service, manage the accounts of over 2500 Community Center members, process all of the Department accounts payable, submit payroll for over 300 employees, and coordinate park rentals.
What are your favorite parts of your job?
I try to keep the focus of all of the activities I am part of on customer service, and it is satisfying when I can help resolve a problem for someone. I enjoy getting to know the many members of the Community Center, and we sometimes even practice yoga or play pickleball together.
What are you most proud of?
I think we create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere here at the Community Center. It’s a place where you can expect a smile and a friendly greeting every time you visit. I also like working to provide a clean and inviting park rental space.
Why do you think you were recommended for this staff profile feature?
This is a good way for Upper Merion residents to get to know a little about me, since most of my work keeps me behind the scenes and residents might otherwise not get a chance to meet or talk with me. If ever they have a question about their account, I am the person to contact.
Why do you work as hard as you do?
It would be extremely hard for me not to do a good job and to leave things undone. I have high standards for myself as well as for my team members. I try to uphold the reputation for excellence that this Department has established.
Have you had any influential female leaders in the past who have helped shape who you are today?
My mother was definitely a role model for me. Even with seven children at home, she was always active in volunteer service and served as founding Director of a non-profit organization for 37 years.
What are your favorite memories of Parks and Recreation, as a child and as an employee?
When I was young, I spent countless hours at a community pool in Pottstown. I think a community pool and recreation opportunities are essential in helping to raise healthy children. Currently, I am pleased to be able to use the walking track and fitness center here at the Community Center.