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Rafael Estevez

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Coordinator
Washington Emergency Management Division

Q: What do you feel are the greatest benefits to working for the Washington Military Department?
A: Working with a wonderful group of individuals that care in making a difference for our communities. The ability to reach out to other peers, managers and or supervisors for assistance without hesitation. Feel appreciative for the job and accomplishments.

Q: In what ways have you had an opportunity to grow new skills?
A: Being able to work with others within the organization that are more experienced and applying lessons learned. Being able to have an open mind, knowing that each county’s demographics are different and unique and being able to tailor the program (LEP) based on my analysis and population whom I will be serving.

Q: Which value do you need to embrace most in your job, and why?
A: I live and embrace the Army values, but most of all I was taught to listen, treat others with respect, never look down on anyone, treat and talk to people at their level never above them, and let them know you’re there for them.

Q: How is working for WMD different from previous work you've done in your field?
A: I am fortunate to say that I have been able to find a workplace in which I am able to continue to serve my country by providing the services that I offer.

Q: Do you ever think about the impact our work has on Washington residents? How does that make you feel?
A: I think about it daily, knowing that we as an agency are doing our best with what we are able to provide. I have a sense of accomplishment and at the end of the day I know I did my best.

Q: Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
A: My parents! They were hard workers that taught me that hard work pays off at the end. They were factory workers and would get up each morning at 4 to go to work (Mon-Sat), tuck me in on the sofa and put on cartoons for me as they departed. Since then, I’ve learned what sacrifice is and the impact that it has made in my life.
I was always told to, “Do it right the first time so that you don’t have to revisit it.”

Q: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by?
A: I have a painting of Abraham Lincoln who reminds me of whom I serve and contributions that I am making to our society.

“An Old Soldier Never Dies Just Fades Away” is my favorite quote. But I’ve added “Continues to Build and Grow to Make it a Better Place”.

Q: How do you recharge from a busy or stressful day?
A: Knowing what my roles are, that I am making a difference and the self-satisfaction of knowing that I am being a positive influence and image in our communities and organization. I have the ability to talk to my kids of the work that I do so that they understand the importance behind it and that it is much greater than I.

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