The heart of any organization is its people. Having served for over 24 years, Byrd Barr Place Accountant Lydia Jocson represents a steady committed heartbeat of our organization. In this conversation, she shares her background, her journey with Byrd Barr Place, and what she’ll miss most as she looks towards her retirement.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I was born and raised in the Philippines, where I completed my education and graduated with my BA in accounting in 1970. While there I met and married my wonderful husband of 48 years, Jose (it’s almost our Golden Wedding Anniversary!). I immigrated to the United States in 1973, my first stop was in Guam where I spent several years. In Guam, Jose and I had three kids and now have seven grandkids. Outside of work, I love gardening. In the spring and summer time, I love to go walking, enjoy the flowers and travel whenever I get the chance.
What role do you play at Byrd Barr Place, and what’s your favorite part of what you do?
I am an accountant at Byrd Barr Place, working specifically in accounts payable, payroll and employee health benefits. I’ve been working here since the 1990s when it was still CAMP, and then Centerstone and now Byrd Barr Place. It’s easy to think of my favorite part of working here — the people. For as long as I’ve worked at Byrd Barr Place, through all its changes, the people here have felt like family. I’ve really enjoyed working here, and while I know it’s time for me to retire, I’m still a little sad. I’m really going to miss everyone.
You’ve been at Byrd Barr Place for 24 years, what are some changes you’ve witnessed during your time here?
There have been a lot of changes, especially in the services that are offered. Many of the external programs have grown tremendously, and many of the internal procedures have changed along with that growth. Technology has also changed! What’s possible now was a dream back in 1999.
April is Financial Literacy Month, as the money guru at Byrd Barr Place, what financial literacy tips do you think are essential?
It’s essential to budget and to keep a close eye on where your money is going. When spending money, you need to spend on what’s actually important, not just what you want. It’s important to save as much as you can and live within your means. You don’t have to have a lot, but if you are intentional about your finances, it is possible to reach your financial goals.
Do you have a mantra or a saying that inspires you?
Never stop dreaming and always believe in yourself.